Wednesday, September 30, 2020, Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California, 10:08 p.m. ET
Brewers at Dodgers Betting Preview: Brewers (+200), Dodgers (-235)
Left scrambling for a starter after right-hander Corbin Burnes left his final regular-season outing with a strained oblique, the Brewers figure to take the scrappy approach to Game 1. Left-hander Brent Suter (2-0, 3.13 ERA) will get the start in a bullpen game, hoping to build on his impressive work as an opener this year: 0-0, 1.38 ERA in four games.
What Milwaukee really needs is offense after the team delivered the lowest team batting average in club history, .233. Christian Yelich, the 2018 National League MVP, needs to find his offensive game after batting .205 with a .786 OPS, far below his 1.110 number last season. Keston Hiura’s NL-leading 85 strikeouts did not help the cause either.
Slugger Dan Vogelbach was a quality find off the waiver wire in early September. He delivered 19 hits and four home runs in 19 games for the Brewers, but he came out of Sunday’s regular-season finale with a quadriceps injury. His status for the playoff opener was unknown.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Game 1 starter Walker Buehler (1-0, 3.44 ERA) has spent two stints on the injured list because of a blister on his right index finger, but he showed the Dodgers he is ready to go with four scoreless innings (65 pitches) in a start on Thursday.
On offense, the Dodgers led baseball in home runs (118), runs scored (349) and slugging percentage (.483). Mookie Betts played in just one inning of the final two games after he was hit in the left hip by a pitch, but he is expected to be ready to go Wednesday. Betts and Corey Seager have led a loaded lineup with a combined 31 home runs and 80 RBIs. After a sub-par 2019 season, AJ Pollock matched Betts for the team lead in home runs at 16.
The Dodgers’ bullpen led the NL with a 2.74 ERA and will have Kenley Jansen (11 saves) ready to go. Los Angeles produced a 15-1-4 series record this season.
Brewers at Dodgers Betting Pick for September 30, 2020
Buehler is the starter for Game 1, but the Dodgers figure to lean heavily on a bullpen that was strong all season with Adam Kolarek (0.95 ERA), Dylan Floro (2.59), Jake McGee (2.66), Blake Treinen (3.86), Jansen (3.33) and the emerging Victor Gonzalez (1.33).
The Brewers need to break through against that bunch while stopping baseball’s best offense in the process. Tough task.
Brewers at Dodgers Betting Pick:
Dodgers 8, Brewers 3
Brewers at Dodgers Best Bet for September 30, 2020
The only concern for the favored Dodgers might be looking too far ahead to a World Series and a potential championship, but they showed their focus was just fine by going 10-2 to close out the regular season. Expect the Dodgers to make an early playoff statement.
Brewers at Dodgers Best Bet: DODGERS to win/OVER 8.5 total runs (+185 parlay)
–Field Level Media