Brewers Host Dodgers for NLCS Opener

2018 Nlcs

2018 NLCS Shows Promise of a Classic

The 2018 NLCS features the “Never Give Up’ Milwaukee Brewers and the Home Run Crazy Los Angeles Dodgers.

It didn’t take long for the Milwaukee Brewers (96-67, plus-23.13 betting units) to sweep the Colorado Rockies out of the National League playoffs. The Los Angeles Dodgers (92-71, minus-22.83 units) had to put in a little more work against the Atlanta Braves.

They still got the job done in four games.

TV: 8:09 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1; Odds: Dodgers -155-moneyline favorites. Total is 7 Under -123.

Milwaukee is on a roll with 11 consecutive victories. That is including a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies in the NL Division Series. They own home-field advantage after posting the best record (96-67) in the NL.

Los Angeles will try to grab the early lead behind left-hander Clayton Kershaw. He who tossed eight innings of two-hit shutout ball during a victory in the NL Division Series against the Atlanta Braves.

The Dodgers smacked eight homers during their four-game series against the Braves with shortstop Manny Machado and infielder Max Muncy each hitting two.

Pitching Matchup

Dodgers LH Clayton Kershaw (1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Brewers LH Gio Gonzalez (regular season: 10-11, 4.21).

Kershaw put together one of his top postseason performances in the win over Atlanta. He improved to 8-7 with a 4.08 ERA in 25 career appearances (20 starts).

The 30-year-old was 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA in two turns against Milwaukee this season and stands 6-5 with a 2.86 ERA in 14 career starts against the Brewers.

Gonzalez went 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA in five starts after being acquired from the Washington Nationals. He hasn’t pitched since Sept. 30. The 33-year-old hasn’t earned a decision in six career postseason starts.  He has given up 19 walks in only 26 1/3 innings.

This and That for the NLCS

But has fared well against the Dodgers by going 4-1 with a 1.89 ERA in six career outings.

The Dodgers went 4-3 against the Brewers in the regular season and smacked seven homers in a 21-5 home victory Aug. 2.

Los Angeles 1B Cody Bellinger, who hit a grand slam in the August blowout win, is hitless in 11 at-bats during the postseason.

Christian Yelich batted .433 with two homers, one triple and four doubles in 30 at-bats against the Dodgers this season.

PREDICTION: Dodgers 4, Brewers 2


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Dirty has been an employee or owner of some of the top online sports gambling forums since 1998. He worked at EOG.com from it's inception until 2008 when he left and opened GamblingIQ and then in 2012 opened Handicappers Hidaway. He has written hundreds af articles over the years and always has his "Dirty Dozen" College Football poll up starting the first week of October.
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