The Milwaukee Brewers have two things in their favor in the opener of their four-game series at Chavez Ravine, one of which is the absence of Matt Kemp from the Los Angeles Dodgers' lineup for perhaps the last time.
The other is sending Shaun Marcum to a mound that's far away from Miller Park.
Marcum looks to continue his solid work on the road Monday at Dodger Stadium, while Los Angeles aims for a 10th win in 14 games without its superstar on the likely eve of Kemp's return.
Kemp hasn't played since May 13 because of a strained right hamstring, but he's eligible to return from the disabled list Tuesday and will do so barring a setback during a two-game stint at Triple-A Albuquerque.
The Dodgers (32-15) were a major league-best 23-11 - averaging 4.4 runs and hitting .262 - before Kemp went down, but they've been even better while he's been on the DL. Los Angeles has averaged 4.8 runs and won 9 of 13 without Kemp after Jerry Hairston Jr. had a career-high five hits in Sunday's 5-...