Dodgers vs. Brewers Prediction
After both the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers eased through the NLDS, the two squads will open the National League Championship Series tonight. Will host Milwaukee solve Clayton Kershaw and pick up the Game 1 victory?
Friday, October 12, 2018
Miller Park at 8:07PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Dodgers are a -150 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Brewers are a +140 underdog, while the total is set at 7.5 runs. As of Friday morning, 58 percent of public bets are coming in on visiting LA. Check out our MLB Public Betting Page for the latest info.
Machado powers Dodgers past Braves
Los Angeles took a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning of its Game 4 clincher at Atlanta and then a 3-run home run by Manny Machado in the seventh inning put it away in the 6-2 victory. Justin Turner was 1-for-4 with a walk and a run to help lead the offense. Max Muncy walked twice in five plate appearances and scored two runs. Machado finished 2-for-5 with a home run, a double and four RBIs. Enrique Hernandez was 1-for-3 with a walk. Cody Bellinger walked twice in four plate appearances and scored a run. Yasiel Puig ended the game 2-for-3 with a walk and a run. David Freese added a pinch-hit two-run single. Ryan Madson retired both batters he faced in relief to pick up the win.
Brewers finish sweep with shutout
Milwaukee recorded the rare shutout at Coors Field on Sunday with a 6-0 victory that completed the three-game sweep over the Rockies. Lorenzo Cain was 1-for-4 with a walk in the win, while Christian Yelich finished with two walks plus a stolen base and a run in five plate appearances. Ryan Braun ended the game 2-for-4. Travis Shaw went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI. Jesus Aguilar was 1-for-5 with a solo home run. Mike Moustakas finished 1-for-3 with a walk and a run. Erik Kratz was 3-for-4 with a double and a run. Orlando Arcia hit a solo home run in four at-bats. Keon Broxton hit a solo home run as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning. Corbin Burnes struck out two in two perfect innings of relief to get the win.
Kershaw (9-5, 2.73 ERA) will start today for the Dodgers, while the Brewers will counter with Gio Gonzalez (10-11, 4.21).
MLB Betting Trends
The Dodgers are 28-11 in their last 39 games overall. The under is 16-5-1 in the last 21 Los Angeles games on Fridays.
The Brewers are 23-6 in their last 29 games. Milwaukee is 6-2 in its last eight home playoff games.
Kershaw hasn't been his usual dominant self this season, but showed he can still mow down the opposition with eight shutout innings against Atlanta in the ALDS. I still don't trust Gonzalez despite him pitching well since being acquired by Milwaukee. While the Brewers are the hottest team in baseball right now, the layoff since Sunday might halt some of their steam and they are due to lose anyway if that is an actual thing. Law of averages says it is. I'm taking Los Angeles as the favorite here to quiet what will be a very loud crowd.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: LOS ANGELES DODGERS -150