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Coming off a three-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs in the ALDS, the Milwaukee Brewers will be trying to take a 1-0 lead in the ALCS when they face the Los Angeles Dodgers, who will be trying to make it back to the World Series for the second consecutive season.
The game will be played at Miller Park and it is scheduled to begin at 8:09 PM. ET.
Clayton Kershaw, who is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in the postseason, will get the start for the Dodgers. Gio Gonzalez, who was 10-11 with a 4.21 ERA during the regular season, will get the start for the Brewers.
Dodgers Going For Third Consecutive Win Over Brewers
The Dodgers won their last two regular-season games against the Brewers, which allowed them to take the regular season series 4-3. They will be trying to make it three straight wins over the Brewers when they play on Friday night.
Los Angeles needed four games to defeat the Atlanta Braves in the NLCS, but they will be in for a tougher test against the Brewers, who are playing very good baseball at the moment.
Three straight years in the #NLCS!
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) October 9, 2018
In their last meeting, the Dodgers exploded for 21 runs as they beat the Brewers 21-5. Kershaw, who got the win in that game, will be hoping for another big offensive performance from his teammates.
During the playoffs, the Dodgers have a .210 batting average, which is fifth. Their .358 on base percentage is third, while their .445 slugging percentage is second. The Dodgers have scored 20 runs so far, which is fourth.
Los Angeles’ pitching staff has done a great job so far. Opponents have a .154 batting average against the Dodgers, which is third best in the playoffs. Their 2.06 ERA is fourth, while their 0.80 WHIP is third.
In his last start, Kershaw gave up two hits and zero earned runs in eight innings, helping the Dodgers get a 3-0 win over the Braves and a 2-0 series lead. The team will need another brilliant effort from him to help them take the first game of the series and steal home field advantage from the Brewers.
Brewers Going For 12th Consecutive Win
The Brewers closed out the season as one of the hottest teams in the league, winning eight consecutive games, which allowed them to take the NL Central title from the Chicago Cubs. After a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies, the Brewers will try to get their 12th win in a row when they take on the Dodgers.
Next Up: @Dodgers. See you Friday.
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) October 9, 2018
Offensively, the Brewers have been great in the playoffs. The team has a .272 batting average, which is third. Their .370 on base percentage is second, as is their .437 slugging percentage. The Brewers have scored 13 runs in the playoffs, which is fifth.
Milwaukee’s pitching has come up clutch just when the team needed it. Opponents have a .146 batting average against the Brewers, which is second. Their 0.64 ERA is first, while their 0.79 WHIP is second.
Despite the team not having a true ace, their starting pitchers have done a great job so far and the team will need their starter to continue playing well when they face a Dodgers team with a lot of offensive firepower.
- 1-4 in their last 5 League Championship games.
Los Angeles is:
- 4-1 in their last 5 road games.
- 4-1 in their last 5 vs. National League Central.
- 4-1 in their last 5 League Championship games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Brewers are playing very well right now and they have won 14 of their last 17 games against teams with winning records. However, they aren’t very experienced in the playoffs and have lost four of the last five NLCS games they have played. The Dodgers have been great on the road in their last five and have won four of their last five NLCS games, which gives them the slight edge here.
Prediction: Los Angeles Dodgers -150
Full-Game Total Pick
The total has gone under in four of the Dodgers last five NLCS road games, in four of their last six playoff games, and in seven of Kershaw’s last eight starts with at least six days of rest. The total has also gone under in all four of Milwaukee’s games following a win, and in their last five games against teams with winning records.
Prediction: Under 7
Full-Game Prop Bet
Kershaw was great in his only start in the NLDS, shutting out the Atlanta Braves for eight innings. In his two starts against the Brewers this season, he gave up 12 hits and three earned runs, so don’t expect him to give up more than a couple of runs in this game.
Prediction: Brewers Total Runs Under 3
First Five Innings Side Pick
The Dodgers are averaging three runs per game in the first five innings of their last three games, while the Brewers average 1.67 runs. With Kershaw on the mound, the Brewers will struggle to score, allowing the Dodgers to take the first five innings.
Prediction: Los Angeles Dodgers
First Five Innings Total Bet
Milwaukee’s pitching staff has done a great job during the postseason, giving up two runs in three games. Kershaw also pitched well in his first playoff start, blanking the Braves. Even though the two offenses are combining for 4.67 runs in the first five innings, expect them to stay under in this game.
First Five Innings Prop Prediction
The Dodgers are averaging one run in the first inning of their last three games, while the Brewers are averaging 0.33 runs. The Dodgers have the advantage here because they should be able to score an early run against Gonzalez, while the Brewers struggle against Kershaw in this game.
Prediction: Team to Score First Los Angeles Dodgers -175