The Los Angeles Dodgers are just one win away against the Milwaukee Brewers from booking a trip to the World Series and it could get done in Game 6 today (8:39 PM ET Friday live on FS1). The Boston Red Sox, who finished off the Houston Astros to win the ALCS, are already waiting there.
Up 3-2 in the NLCS, Los Angeles will need to win one of the next two games on the road in order to advance for a chance to play for MLB’s greatest prize.
After getting past the Atlanta Braves, the Dodgers headed to Milwaukee to take on the NL Central division winners in championship round action. The Brewers themselves were coming off a series win against the Colorado Rockies in the divisional series, defeating their opponents in a clean sweep.
Undefeated in the postseason, Milwaukee continued their winning ways in Game 1 of the NLCS, defeating the Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw by a score of 6-5. The game wasn’t particularly close as after the first six innings, the Brewers maintained a 5-1 lead. But the Dodgers didn’t quit and made things interesting in the end. After Milwaukee added another run in the seventh to take a five run lead, the Dodgers scored three in the eighth to enter the final inning down just two runs. LA scored their fifth run on a Chris Taylor triple to come within one run with a runner on third but Justin Turner couldn’t capitalize.
Offensively, the Dodgers played well but what really killed them and put a damper on Kershaw’s outing, were the four errors the team committed throughout the game. Meanwhile, the Brewers benefited from a great but unorthodox pitching performance. Seven pitchers played in the game and only one gave up more than a run.
The Dodgers evened the series in Game 2, taking an all-important road game to neutralize Milwaukee’s home field advantage. Again, the score was close with LA winning by just one run. Once again, the Brewers led early, taking a 3-0 lead into the seventh inning. The Dodgers scored their four runs in the seventh and eighth in order to take their first series lead. Most importantly however, the team didn’t commit a single error and benefited from a solid pitching outing from starter Hyun-Jin Ryu as well as near flawless outings from the rest of the pen as only one of seven bullpen arms gave up a hit.
With the series tied one game apiece, Milwaukee struck back taking their first road game of the series, shutting out the Dodgers for their third shutout of the postseason. The Brewers scored the only run Jhoulys Chacin needed in the first inning. They scored again in the sixth and two in the seventh to win 4-0. Chacin pitched 5.1 scoreless and overall, Brewers pitching gave up just five hits to LA, taking back the series lead.
While things looked good for Milwaukee after that, the Dodgers didn’t quit. For the first time in the series, LA struck first in Game 4, scoring off a Brian Dozier single. The Brewers evened the score in the fifth thanks to a double by Domingo Santana. For the most part, this was a pitching duel. Rich Hill gave up the only run for the Dodgers, lasting five innings. The Brewers continued their tricks with the pitching staff after Gio Gonzalez gave up a first inning run. Gonzalez was the only pitcher to give up a run for Milwaukee, that is until the bottom of the 13th inning. In front of the Dodger faithful, Cody Bellinger walked off, singling home Manny Machado to give the Dodgers a 2-1 win that tied the series at two games apiece.
Coming off the emotional win, LA carried their momentum as the series remained in Los Angeles. The Brewers struck first yet again but the Dodgers responded, taking the lead in the fifth inning and never relinquishing it. LA scored in the fifth, sixth and seventh, ultimately winning the game 5-2.
Probable Pitchers: (LA) Hyun-Jin Ryu vs (MIL) Wade Miley
That brings us to Game 6. Up 3-2, the Dodgers are looking to advance to the World Series for the second consecutive year. They’ll be looking to Hyun-Jin Ryu to get them there and given Ryu’s stats this season and in the postseason, he’s a great option for LA to have on the mound as they look to clinch the NL pennant.
Ryu pitched exceptionally well in the back half of the season after returning from injury. In his last 15 starts, Ryu’s ERA was just 1.97. He has built on this number in the playoffs, pitching seven shutout innings in an NLDS victory over the Rockies and giving up just two runs in 4.1 in his only other start against the Brewers. Ryu hasn’t faced very many of the Brewers hitters all that often but that doesn’t look to be an issue. He is perhaps the best arm the Dodgers have with Kershaw helping secure Wednesday night’s victory, and he has looked solid in the playoffs so far.
He will be opposed by Wade Miley, who actually, technically, started Game 5 as well. Milwaukee started Miley only to pull him after walking just one batter. According to manager Craig Counsell it was always the plan for Miley to actually start in Game 6 and that the Game 5 appearance was part of the Brewers’ interesting pitching strategy this postseason. Miley, in his first postseason, has shown that the stage isn’t too big for him. In his two starts so far, Miley has pitched 10.1 scoreless innings and has looked unhittable.
Fortunately, this is exactly what the Brewers need him to be given Game 6 is an elimination game. If Miley can continue to pitch well, Milwaukee could buy themselves a Game 7. Then, at home in Miller Park, the Brewers will certainly be tough to beat.
Our Game 6 Preview’s Los Angeles Dodgers at Milwaukee Brewers Betting Picks & Predictions Verdict
So our LA Dodgers vs Brewers predictions and advised betting picks for this NLCS Game 6 preview, having studied the odds at all the best online USA sports betting sites, is:
- The Dodgers are favored by 1.5 on the runline but our pick is for the Brewers to force a Game 7. Bet on Milwaukee @ best odds of +106 on the moneyline with Bookmaker.
- Look for the under on eight runs. If the Brewers do win, it will be because Miley continues to excel on the mound as one of the best pitchers in all of baseball this postseason. Go under 8 @ -120 with Bovada, Bookmaker, 5Dimes or Intertops.
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