Los Angeles Dodgers (95-72) at Milwaukee Brewers (99-67)
|Date & Time||Friday October 12, 2018, 8:09 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Milwaukee Brewers +140 / Los Angeles Dodgers -150 --- Over/Under: 7
The Los Angeles Dodgers take on the Milwaukee Brewers in game one of the NLCS from Miller Park in MLB action on Friday.
The Los Angeles Dodgers will look to take an early advantage after advancing to the NLCS by taking down the Atlanta Braves 3 games to 1, including a 6-2 win in the series clincher on Monday. Manny Machado stole the show by going 2 for 5 with a home run, a double and four RBIs while David Freese added a pair of RBIs of the pinch-hit variety to round out the Dodgers’ scoring in the win. Yasiel Puig went 2 for 3 while Joc Pederson, Justin Turner and Enrique Hernandez each added a base hit in the win. Rich Hill didn’t factor into the decision after allowing two runs on four hits while walking five and striking out three while Ryan Madson got the win by closing out the 5th. Clayton Kershaw will get the start in game one and is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 3 strikeouts this postseason. In his career, Kershaw is 6-5 with a 2.86 ERA and 100 strikeouts against Milwaukee.
The Milwaukee Brewers come into this one rested after pulling off the sweep against the Colorado Rockies, including a 6-0 win in the series finale this past Sunday. Jesus Aguilar, Keon Broxton and Orlando Arcia each had a solo home run while Travis Shaw added a double and an RBI. Erik Kratz went 3 for 4 with a double and Ryan Braun had two hits while Lorenzo Cain and Mike Moutakas each added a base to round out Milwaukee’s offense in the win. Wade Miley threw 4.2 shutout innings, but didn’t factor into the decision, while Corbin Burned picked up the win in relief. Gio Gonzalez will start game one and was 10-11 with a 4.21 ERA and 148 strikeouts in the regular season. In his career, Gonzalez is 4-1 with a 1.89 ERA and 39 strikeouts against the Dodgers.
Los Angeles is 72-22 in Kershaw's last 94 starts and 4-1 in their last 5 games against the NL Central while the over is 3-0-1 in their last 4 road games. Milwaukee is 23-6 in their last 29 games overall and 14-3 in their last 17 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 7-3 in their last 10 home games. Los Angeles is 5-2 in Kershaw's last 7 road starts against Milwaukee
This is going to be an exciting series from beginning to end, and something has to give in game one as Milwaukee is at home with their winning streak while the Dodgers have their ace on the mound. The way I see it, you're getting value either way, as Milwaukee is red hot, and you never get Kershaw with prices like these. All in all, while the plus money is tempting, I have to go Dodgers with their ace on the mound