Los Angeles Dodgers at Milwaukee Brewers
Time:1:09 PM PT
Venue: Miller Park
Brewers Lead Series 1-0
How are the Dodgers Doing?
After pitching his longest postseason outing of his career, Clayton Kershaw lasted just three innings in the opener of the NLCS against the Brewers. While he struggled in his start, the defense behind him equally shares the blame, committing four errors. Yasmani Grandal committed two of those errors and had two pass balls.
Trailing 6-1 through seven innings, the Dodgers scored four runs in the final two innings, falling short of a Game 1 comeback.
Why is this Game Important?
Losing Game 1 puts Los Angeles in an unfamiliar hole. They have not lost a playoff series opener since the 2016 NLCS against the Cubs. The last time they won a playoff series after trailing after Game 1 was the 1988 NLCS against the Mets.
Hyun-Jin Ryu(1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Wade Miley(0-0, 0.00 ERA) *2018 Playoff Stats
Hyun-Jin Ryu impressed in his only start of the NLDS, tossing seven shutout innings in Game 1 against the Braves. Ryu has allowed just one run over his last 20 playoff innings. His only career start in Miller Park came in his rookie season in 2013.
With the Dodgers throwing a lefty for the second consecutive day, the Brewers will follow suit, sending Wade Miley to the mound. Miley made his postseason debut last Sunday, throwing 4.2 scoreless innings in Colorado. Miley faces the Dodgers once this season, and did not allow a run in his six innings of work.
Matchup of the Day
David Freese vs Wade Miley
One of the more under-the-radar acquisitions for the Dodgers in 2018, David Freese has proved helpful for Los Angeles. After securing a victory in Game 4 of the NLDS, Freese started Game 1 of the NLCS in Milwaukee. He is batting .329 with a home run in his career against Miley.
Dodgers: 50% chance of winning
Milwaukee: 50% chance of winning
David Freese has played more career playoff games (55) than the Milwaukee Brewers franchise (31), which dates back to 1969.
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