Los Angeles Dodgers (53-43) vs Milwaukee Brewers (55-43)Date : 07/20/2018
Time : 8:10 pm EST
Location : Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Los Angeles Dodgers vs Milwaukee Brewers
Game 1 of a 3-game set against the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers and the Milwaukee Brewers will take place on Friday night at 8:10 pm EST at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Dodgers are currently in the top spot within the NL West division by winning 10 of their last 14 games while the Brewers fell from the top spot in the NL Central division thanks to losing 8 of their last 10 matchups. In their last outing, the Dodgers were 5-3 home winners versus the Los Angeles Angels while also winning the 3-game interleague set going into the All-Star Break. The Dodgers would cash in on the money line in this matchup as favorites (-250) while the under was the play in that the total was set at 8.5 runs for the game. The Angels mustered only 6 hits for the game with Jefry Marte going 2-3 with 3 RBI’s while Andrelton Simmons was 1-5 in the loss. Mike Trout went 0-2 while Justin Upton went 1-3. Taylor Cole (0-2) took the loss in going 2 innings while allowing 1 run on 3 hits, 1 homer, and 2 strikeouts with an ERA of 6.46. Clayton Kershaw received the no decision once again at the mound as he was able to last 6.2 innings while allowing 3 runs on 6 hits, 1 homer and 8 strikeouts with an ERA of 2.74. Yasmani Grandal went 3-3 with an RBI for the Dodgers in the win while Enrique Hernandez was 1-2 with 2 RBI’s.
The Brewers would lose their 6-straight contest by losing 7-6 to the Pittsburgh Pirates on the road on 7-15-2018. The Pirates would cash in on the money line as favorites (-109) while the over was the play with total runs being set at 7.5 for the game. Jhoulys Chacin was solid, yet, received the no decision as he went 5.1 innings while allowing 2 runs on 1 hit and a homer with an ERA of 3.68 for the game while Joe Musgrove also did not factor into the decision in this game as he pitched 7 innings while allowing 5 runs on 7 hits, 1 homer, and 5 strikeouts with an ERA of 4.08. Christian Yelich was 3-5 in the loss for Milwaukee while Brett Phillips was 2-4 with 4 RBI’s. Josh Bell and Corey Dickerson were each 2-5 for the Pirates while also having 2 RBI’s apiece.
Los Angeles Dodgers's Latest Performance :
The Dodgers come into this matchup winners of 4 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 1-4. Recently, the Dodgers would lose a 3-game road series to cross-town rival Los Angeles Angels on 7-8-2018. The Dodgers would tie their following series against the San Diego Padres in suffering the 3-2 loss in the finale on 4-12-2018. Finally, the Dodgers would win their final series of the first half of the 2018 season by beating the Angels at home in a 3-game set on 7-15-2018.
The Dodgers average 4.72 runs per game (9th) with a team batting average of .244 (20th), 129 homers (5th), along with 31 stolen bases (26th). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.49 (3rd) with 916 strikeouts (4th) along with 41 quality starts (14th).
Yasmani Grandal (.251 BA on 263 AB) and Cody Bellinger (.245 BA on 343 AB) have been the leaders offensively for the Dodgers this season. Chris Taylor (.253 BA on 348 AB) has also been pivotal to the Dodger’s offensive attack.
Clayton Kershaw (3-4) has pitched 75.2 innings while allowing 23 runs on 65 hits, 8 homers, 17 walks, and 78 strikeouts with an ERA of 2.72. Alex Wood (5-5) has pitched 105.2 innings while allowing 52 runs on 104 hits, 12 homers, 20 walks, and 94 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.92 has also resurrected his overall performance lately for Los Angeles.
Milwaukee Brewers 's Latest Performance :
The Brewers have lost their last 5 games to where the O/U was 3-2. Recently, the Brewers would go on to win a 3-game set at home versus the Braves on 7-8-2018 while falling in a 3-game road set to the Miami marlins on 7-11-2018. The Brewers would get swept in a 4-game series which included a doubleheader against the Pittsburgh Pirates on 7-15-2018 while being outscored by a total of 28-15 during the set.
For the season, the Brewers are averaging 4.35 runs per game (17th) with a team batting average of .245 (16th), 124 homers (10th), and 79 stolen bases on the year (1st). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.65 (7th) with 850 strikeouts (9th), along with 30 quality starts (28th).
Lorenzo Cain (.293 BA on 300 AB), Ryan Braun (.235 BA on 234 AB), Travis Shaw (.245 BA on 319 AB), and Christian Yelich (.292 BA on 318 AB) have been the most consistent offensive weapons for the Brewers this season.
Jhoulys Chacin (8-3, 115 IP, 51 R, 98 H, 8 HR, 47 BB, 88 SO, 3.68 ERA) has been a bright spot for this Brewer pitching staff this season. Brent Suter (8-6) has also been instrumental for the Brewers this season as he has pitched 98.1 innings while allowing 49 runs on 95 hits, 16 homers, 19 walks, and 81 strikeouts for the season.
How Los Angeles Dodgers & Milwaukee Brewers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
For the season, the Brewers are 52-46 ATS while the O/U is 43-52-3. On the other hand, the Dodgers are 43-53 ATS while the O/U is 46-47-3.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
No pitchers have been named for this series, however, this game will be one between two teams trending in opposite directions. The Dodgers have been on a huge and pivotal winning streak (10 of last 14 games) to end the first half of the season while the Brew Crew have dropped 8 of their last 10 outings. The Brewers have played well recently at home (7-2 in last 9), however, the Dodgers have some serious momentum on their side. Combine this momentum along with the new addition to their lineup, I see the Dodgers attempting to continue their current high over a struggling Brewers squad. This is not to say that Milwaukee will not be focused, as I believe they will certainly be. Nonetheless, it will not be easy to neutralize the bats for the Dodgers as they have found ways to obtain big hits at the plate lately. As for the hot and cold Brewers offense, I see them having their fair share of headaches in attempting to solve the pitching staff of the Dodgers throughout the series.
Totals Selection: Games 1, 2, & 3: Under
My reason for the prediction :
With no pitchers for either team being named as of yet, I will concentrate on the total in this matchup. The Brewers, on one hand, have trended towards the over in their days leading up to the break, mainly due to their pitching staff being fatigue, in my opinion. In fact, in the last 5 games before the All-Star Break, the Brewers’ pitching was surrendering an average of 5.6 runs per game while their offense only put up 15 runs during this time. On the other hand, the Dodgers, with their solid pitching staff, has trended towards the under in 5 of their last 6 games. Despite a dangerous offense, the Dodgers only averaged 3.8 runs per game during their last 5 games while the pitching limited opponents to only 14 runs during this time. In all, I expect for both teams to be locked in for this matchup as it could certainly have a bearing on division standings as one team looks to regain their top spot while the other looks to simply maintain their recent stretch of outstanding play.
Betting trends for Los Angeles Dodgers:
- Betting Trends for Los Angeles Dodgers
- The Dodgers are 6-2 in last 8 Friday games
- The Dodgers are 17-6 in last 23 road games
- The Dodgers are 37-17 in last 54 games
Betting trends for Milwaukee Brewers :
- Betting Trends for Milwaukee Brewers
- The Brewers are 7-9 in last 16 games
- The Brewers are 9-4 in last 13 home games
- The Under is 8-6 in Brewers last 14 home games