Houser vs. Dobnak; Battle of the Lowest ERA

The Brewers’ offense exploded for nine runs in yesterday’s game. Brent Suter came away with the win as Sonny Gray tagged his first loss of the season. In tonight’s matchup at Miller Park, Adrian Houser will take the mound against right-hander Randy Dobnak of the Minnesota Twins. 

Introducing Randy Dobnak

If there’s something to be nearly perfect at, it’s to be a great Uber driver. Yes, that’s right. At a 4.99/5 Uber driver rating, Dobnak had to make extra money as a minor-leaguer somehow. When he got the call to the majors in 2019 he ditched the gig and went on to pitch in nine games for the Twins. From his time in the minors to the majors, Dobnak has improved his breaking ball and developed a split changeup. He also elevated his pitch speed from the mid-80s to the mid-90s. Dobnak likes to make quick work of batters and doesn’t issue many walks or strikeouts. Just like his opponent, Adrian Houser, Dobnak is a ground ball pitcher. In his first three starts, his ground ball rate is 68 percent.

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Last season to this season

In the nine games he pitched for the Twins in 2019, five of them were starts. His MLB debut was August 9, 2019, where he pitched four innings and didn’t give up a run. Last season, Dobnak finished with a 2-1 record and a 1.59 ERA.

The Twins have a starting pitching problem as Rich Hill and Homer Bailey are on the injured list. Dobnak is one of the spot-starters the team has been using. He has not yet disappointed. With a low ERA of 0.60, Dobnak has made three starts giving up one run in 15 innings pitched. The Brewers’ offense will mainly see his high-speed sinker, a slider, and four-seam fastball. Dobnak has never faced the Brewers or pitched in Miller Park before. 

Houser in the House

Respectively the Brewers’ second ace behind Brandon Woodruff, Adrian Houser will match his low ERA against Dobnak’s. Houser has the lowest ERA in the National League at 0.75. Just like his counterpart, Houser allows ground balls at an astounding rate. Houser’s percentile is six notches higher than Dobnak’s at 74 percent. He has one win so far, and is looking to add to it. The righty pitched a gem his last time out.


Game Notes

  • After battling setbacks from COVID-19 and an injury, infielder Luis Urias was activated. According to manager Craig Counsell, Urias will split his time at second base, third base, and shortstop. He is in tonight’s starting lineup. The team designated Logan Morrison for assignment.
  • Ryan Braun is at the alternate training site in Appleton to get some at-bats. Braun has been battling a finger injury.

Brewers’ lineup

Tonight’s Game

The Milwaukee Brewers will face the Minnesota Twins in Game One of the series at Miller Park. Find a television or radio because the game will air on Fox Sports Wisconsin, and WTMJ radio at 7:10 p.m. CST.

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