MLB Update: NLCS Preview

NLCS- Milwaukee Brewers (96-67) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (92-
71)

I’m not sure many pundits had Milwaukee headed to the NLCS. I didn’t. Outside of Christian Yelich, who has been an absolute monster (especially against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw) and Lorenzo Cain, the Brewers don’t boast a staggering offensive lineup. They also don’t have a fearsome rotation. So how did they win the NL Central? With a bullpen that has more depth and endurance than many others, and a lot of different looks on offense. They’ve won eleven games straight, so don’t sleep on the Brew Crew. Milwaukee will be underdogs throughout the series despite having homefield advantage. Why? The Dodgers have the better rotation, starting with Kershaw. Not to mention that the Dodgers are maulers. Only the Yankees hit more home runs than the Dodgers this season, and they do it constantly, in all counts, from all parts of the batting order. The Dodgers have been somewhat snake bitten this season but look to have rounded in to form at the exact right time. Their run differential was almost a hundred runs better than the Brewers this season, and they performed significantly better against winning teams as well. Tonight, Clayton Kershaw gets the game one start against the Brewers Gio Gonzalez.

Prediction: Maybe it’s David vs Goliath. But this isn’t exactly a fable. Milwaukee has to do EVERYTHING right to win even a single game here. They need to score early off L.A.’s better starters, while keeping their bullpen fresh for a few inevitable grinder games. I just can’t see that happening more than once or twice. I can’t see this one going the distance…Dodgers in 6.

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