Brewers @ Dodgers April 26, 2013: Burgos vs Beckett

April 26, 2013 at 7:02 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

dodger_stadium_2013_150x150As I think most of you know, my life revolves around baseball far, far too much, so it’s rare when a player pops up who I can say I know almost nothing about. With that in mind, I present to you Hiram Burgos, who is apparently not only a major baseball player, but is starting for the Brewers tonight in Los Angeles.

The 25-year-old righty was Milwaukee’s 2012 minor league pitcher of the year, but didn’t crack the top 10 Brewer prospects at either Baseball Prospectus or FanGraphs, which should tell you something about his status.

When he was called up last week to replace Mike Fiers and make his debut, John Sickels of Minor League Ball had this to say:

Brewers
Dodgers
RF
Aoki
LF
Crawford
SS
Segura
2B
M.Ellis
LF
Braun
1B
Gonzalez
C
Lucroy
CF
Kemp
2B
Weeks
RF
Ethier
CF
Gomez
C
A.Ellis
3B
Betancourt
3B
Uribe
1B
Gonzalez
SS
Sellers
P
Burgos
P
Beckett

He wasn’t on the radar as anything more than an organization arm entering ’12. Overall last year, Burgos went 10-4 with a 1.95 ERA and a 153/49 K/BB ratio in 170 innings.

Burgos is a 6-1, 210 pound right-hander, born August 4, 1987 in Cayey, Puerto Rico. As you may surmise given the combination of great statistics with little press attention, he doesn’t have exceptional velocity, working at 88-91 MPH. The fastball plays up, however, due to the contrast with his wide array of secondary pitches. He has a very good curveball, but also uses a changeup, cutter, and traditional slider. His pitching patterns aren’t predictable and he does a good job keeping hitters off-balance.

I know it feels like the Dodgers always have a tough time with new pitchers, so I looked it up. Since 1993, the Dodgers have faced 69 pitchers making one of their first two career starts, and they’ve won 36 of those games. Feels like that should be higher. Or lower, depending on how you look at it.

For the sixth game in a row, Luis Cruz rides the bench, as everyone’s favorite walk machine Juan Uribe gets another start at third base. Just try to imagine that sentence — all of it — last September, won’t you? Then again, it could be worse: with Aramis Ramirez & Corey Hart both injured, the Brewers start Yuniesky Betancourt & Alex Gonzalez at the infield corners. Eesh.

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