Milwaukee Brewers (29-31) at Los Angeles Dodgers (43-17)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 10:08 pm (Dodger Stadium)
Brandon Woodruff (3-5) (3.05) vs. Clayton Kershaw (6-2) (2.16)
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -234 / Milwaukee Brewers +211 --- Over/Under: 7.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Milwaukee Brewers and the Los Angeles Dodgers meet Thursday in MLB Wild Card playoffs action from Dodger Stadium.
This will be Game 2 in a best-of-three series between the Brewers and the Dodgers this week. In the Game 1 opener on Wednesday, the Dodgers jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two innings and hung on for a 4-2 victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
The Brewers out-hit the Dodgers 7-6 in the Game 1 loss Wednesday, but could only score two runs in the top of the fourth inning. Orlando Arcia posted a two-run homer in the defeat, and Avisail Garcia went 3-for-4. Starting pitcher Brent Suter went just 1.2 innings with three hits, three earned and five walks.
In the Thursday starting role, the Brewers are going with Brandon Woodruff. In his 13 starts this season, Woodruff went 3-5 with a 3.05 ERA and 91 Ks in 73.2 innings of work. Over his MLB postseason career, Woodruff is 1-1 with a 2.20 ERA and 23 Ks in 16.1 innings.
Over on the Dodgers’ side, Wednesday starting pitcher Walker Buehler went 4.0 innings with three hits, two earned, two walks and eight strikeouts in a no-decision. Corey Seager managed a solo home run in the win, and Mookie Betts logged two doubles.
In the Thursday start, Los Angeles will send Clayton Kershaw out to the mound. In 10 starts this season, Kershaw was 6-2 with a 2.16 ERA and 62 Ks in 58.1 innings. Kershaw is 9-11 in his MLB playoffs career with a 4.43 ERA and 170 Ks in 158.1 innings.
The Brewers are 6-2 in their last eight games following a loss and 10-4 in the last 14 during game two of a series. Milwaukee is 2-5 in their last seven overall and 2-6 in their last eight as an underdog.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers are 11-2 in their last 13 during game two of a series and 23-5 in their last 28 versus the National League Central. Los Angeles is 42-15 in their last 57 overall and 77-29 in their last 106 games as a home favorite.
Pick: I’m going to take a shot on Milwaukee here. Kershaw should have a pretty strong outing as usual, even though he’s coming off a shaky four innings versus the Angels in his last appearance. Kershaw has had its issues in the playoffs, but he should be fine in this one. As for Woodruff, he struck out 10 in eight scoreless innings his last time up, and if he can recapture that fire in Game 2 I think the Brewers are worth an underdog play.