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The Milwaukee Brewers host the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday. The Dodgers are 13-8, not counting Friday night’s game, and lead the NL West. The Brewers are 12-8 and are tied for first in the AL Central with Pittsburgh. The Dodgers start left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu (0-1) while the Brewers starter has not ye been named. Game time is 7:10 p.m. ET at Miller Park.
Dodgers stay hot
The Los Angeles Dodgers have been consistently inconsistent this year. They won 5 straight, followed by a 6 game losing streak. They followed that up with a five-game winning streak including the first game of this four-game series with the Brewers. They now stand at 13-8 and in first place in the AL West, 1.5 games ahead of the Padres. Thursday, they beat the Brewers in game 1 of the series 3-1. Dodgers starter Julio Urias (1-1) gave up 1 hit and 0 runs over 6 innings to go along with 9 strikeouts for the win. “He was great,” Dodgers star Cody Bellinger said of Urias. “Spotting every single pitch. Really confident up there.” Bellinger went 2 for 4 with a home run and 1 RBI while Max Muncy went 2 for 3 with a home run and 2 RBIs. AJ Pollack also had 2 hits.
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The Dodgers average 5.95 runs per game, which is 3rd in the MLB. They have a team batting average of ,274, which is 1st in the league, and a slugging percentage of ,509, which is also 1st. They are 2nd in the MLB in homers. They have a team ERA of 4.05 which is 11th in the league, and a WHIP of 1.15, which is 6th. Bellinger is having a ridiculous year, batting .432 with 10 HRs and 24 RBIs. He’s 1st in the MLB in batting average, 1st in homers, and 2nd in RBIs. Alex Verdugo is hitting .364 with 3 HRs and 12 RBIs, while Justin Turner is hitting .284. Kike Hernandez is hitting .281 with 4 HRs and 11 RBIs while David Freese is hitting .280. Max Muncy has 5 HRs and 14 RBIs.
Dodgers right-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu gets the start for the Dodgers. Ryu is 2-0 with a 3.07 ERA and a WHIP of 0.89. Opposing teams bat .222 against him.
Brewers lose 2 straight
The Milwaukee Brewers fell to 12-8 after a 3-1 loss to the Dodgers on Thursday. It was their second straight defeat and dropped them into a tie with Pittsburgh for first place in the AL Central. The Brewers only managed 5 hits off Dodgers starter Julio Urias in the loss. One of those hits was by Christian Yelich, who went 1 for 4 with a home run and an RBI. Zach Davies pitched well in a losing effort, allowing 0 runs and 3 hits over 5 innings. Reliever Matt Albers got torched for 3 runs and 2 home runs in the 6th to take the loss. Albers is now 1-1 on the year.
- Brewers are 2-6 in their last 8 games after losing the first 2 games of a series.
- Dodgers are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. National League Central.
- Dodgers are 5-0 in their last 5 overall.
- Dodgers are 5-0 in their last 5 games on grass.
- Dodgers are 13-3 in Ryu’s last 16 Saturday starts.
- Dodgers are 4-1 in Ryu’s last 5 starts following a team loss in their previous game.
- Dodgers are 4-1 in Ryu’s last 5 starts during game 3 of a series.
- Dodgers are 7-3 in Ryu’s last 10 starts.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Take the Dodgers in this one. Ryu has been excellent this year at 2-0. Opposing batters are hitting just .089 against him, which is impressive. The Brewers have not yet named a starter, which means they are trying to figure out who is the best bet among a failry thin lot to try and stop the Dodgers. The Brewers pitching has been weak all year as they are 26th in the league with a team ERA of 5.22. Look for the Dodgers to take advantage of this weakness.
Full-Game Total Pick
Take the over. The Dodgers and Brewers are two of the best hitting teams in the league featuring two of the best hitters – Yelich and Bellinger. With the Brewers starter still unnamed, its likely they’ll throw a stopgap arm in there for the Dodgers to feed off of. The over is 11-4-1 in Dodgers last 16 during game 3 of a series. Also, the over 16-7 in Brewers last 23 home games vs. a left-handed starter.