NLCS Game 5: Brewers vs Dodgers Preview and Pick

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Kershaw on the Hill of Dodgers in NLCS Game 5

This NLCS has lived up to its billing. After two exciting games in the Cream City, we know this for certain: There will be a Game 5 in the National League Championship Series.

TV: 5:05 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1

PITCHING MATCHUP: Brewers LH Wade Miley (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Dodgers LH Clayton Kershaw (1-1, 3.27)

Odds: Dodgers are -185-moneyline favorites. The total is at 7 Under -120.

Clayton Kershaw takes to mound as the Dodgers try to seize the lead in the NLCS.

Game 4 of NLCS was an Instant Classic

Cody Bellinger ended a five hour-plus marathon with an RBI single in the bottom of the 13th Tuesday night. The Dodgers earned a 2-1 victory in Game 4 to even the series at two games apiece.

Bellinger had two hits in Game 4 after going 1-for-21 in the first seven contests during the postseason. Manny Machado scored the winning run after extending his hitting streak to five games (8-for-22).

Kershaw attempts to rebound from a rough outing in Game 1. He will face fellow left-hander Wade Miley. Miley has yet to allow a run in the postseason as Milwaukee looks to recover from its second loss in seven playoff contests.

The Brewers managed eight hits in the Game 4 loss. Ryan Braun had three of them while leadoff batter Lorenzo Cain went 0-for-6 with three strikeouts. National League MVP candidate Christian Yelich was 1-for-5 with a walk.

Milwaukee shortstop Orlando Arcia boasts three homers in the playoffs. That is only after launching three in 119 games during the regular season. He also went 1-for-5 with a run scored in Game 4.

Game 5 Looks Like a Classic on Paper

Miley has given the Brewers a chance to win with two solid performances in the postseason. He has yielded five hits and one walk over 10 1/3 innings without a decision.

Miley was 5-2 in 16 starts for Milwaukee in the regular season. He struck out three across 5 2/3 innings Saturday in Game 2 and left with a two-run lead. The Dodgers rallied to win 4-3.

Matt Kemp has two homers and Yasiel Puig is 6-of-17 with a blast and six walks versus Miley. The southpaw had a 2.50 ERA on the road during the regular season.

Kershaw was brilliant in his first outing during the playoffs. He allowed two hits over eight scoreless innings to beat Atlanta on Oct. 5. The lefty struggled in his Game 1 start at Milwaukee.

Kershaw yielded five runs (four earned) on six hits and two walks across three innings to take the loss Friday. The loss dropped him to 8-8 in the postseason.

Pitcher Brandon Woodruff took Kershaw deep. Cain recorded two hits against the three-time Cy Young winner in Game 1.

This and That with NLCS Pick

Milwaukee Cs Erik Kratz and Manny Pina are 9-for-23 combined with three runs and two RBI’s in the playoffs.

Los Angeles 2B Brian Dozier got the start in Game 4. He knocked in the first run with a single.

The Brewers starting pitchers have allowed two earned runs over 26 2/3 innings in the NLCS. This includes the on LHP Gio Gonzalez gave up one Tuesday.

PREDICTION: Dodgers 5, 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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