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Dodgers Postseason: First Round Set, Details, How to Watch, and More



The Los Angeles Dodgers (43-17) are set to face off against the Milwaukee Brewers (29-31) in the three-game Wild Card round of the 2020 postseason. The National League Western division champion Dodgers hold the number one seed throughout the playoffs. Milwaukee secured the 8th and final NL seed by virtue of a San Fransisco Giants loss against the San Diego Padres.

The Dodgers and Brewers will match up at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, September 30th. ESPN will carry all the action from the first round. The top four seeds play all three games in their home ballpark.

Game 1 Details

  • Date: Wednesday, Sep. 30
  • Location: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
  • Time: 7 PM PT
  • How to watch: ESPN is the exclusive home of the broadcast
    • Spectrum SportsNet LA will host pre-game and post-game coverage
    • AM570 LA Sports Radio has the radio call
  • Pitching probables: RHP Walker Buehler (1-0, 3.44) vs. LHP Brent Suter (2-0, 3.13)

Game 2 Details

  • Date: Thursday, Oct. 1
  • Location: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
  • Time: 7 PM PT
  • How to watch: ESPN is the exclusive home of the broadcast
    • Spectrum SportsNet LA will host pre-game and post-game coverage
    • AM570 LA Sports Radio has the radio call
  • Pitching probables: Clayton Kershaw (6-2, 2.16) vs. TBD

Game 3 Details *if necessary

  • Date: Friday, Oct. 2
  • Location: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
  • Time: 3:30 PM PT
  • How to watch: ESPN is the exclusive home of the broadcast
    • Spectrum SportsNet LA will host pre-game and post-game coverage
    • AM570 LA Sports Radio has the radio call
  • Pitching probables: TBD vs. TBD

About the Teams

Dodgers

The Dodgers lead baseball in wins, home runs, slugging percentage, run differential, team ERA, team batting average allowed, and WHIP. Manager Dave Roberts announced the club’s first two starters for the postseason on Sunday. Moreover, he explained the decision to go with Walker Buehler before Clayton Kershaw.

There’s a lot that went into it, but we just feel that just puts us in the best spot in those two games and also going forward. You could have interchanged. Honestly, it’s one and the same, to be quite honest. We talked about it, debated it and just feel really confident that both are great options.

LA also has the best bullpen ERA in the game. Anchored by long-time closer Kenley Jansen, the relief core has met and exceeded expectations all season long. Notably, lefty Caleb Ferguson will miss the postseason after undergoing Tommy John surgery last week.

On offense, 2019 NL MVP struggled with consistency all season long. However, 2018 AL MVP anchored the league’s most consistent offensive attack. Catcher Will Smith, outfielder A.J. Pollock, and third baseman Justin Turner all finished their season’s on a tear at the plate.

The club will host a team workout at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday.

Brewers

The Brewers lost their staff ace Corbin Burnes to an oblique issue last week and is likely to miss the first round. Beyond Burnes, the rest of their staff have stayed mostly healthy. However, number 4 starter Brett Anderson left Sunday’s game with a blister issue. Closer Josh Hader recorded 13 saves in 15 opportunities to top the NL but posted the worst ERA of his career. Rookie right-hander Devin Williams was lights out for the Brew Crew all season long with a 0.33 ERA in 27 innings pitched setting up Hader.

On offense, Brewer bats produced the sixth weakest attack in baseball. 2018 NL MVP Christian Yelich struggled out of the gate and hasn’t been exactly phenomenal throughout the shortened season. All-Star outfielder Lorenzo Cain opted out of the season after 5 games due to COVID concerns. Otherwise, shortstop Orlando Arcia has paced a team sprinkled with mostly productive journeyman players including former Dodger Jedd Gyorko.

National League Postseason Seeding

  1. Los Angeles Dodgers (42-17)
  2. Atlanta Braves (35-25)
  3. Chicago Cubs (34-26)
  4. San Diego Padres (37-23)
  5. St. Louis Cardinals (30-28)
  6. Miami Marlins (31-29)
  7. Cincinnati Reds (31-29)
  8. Milwaukee Brewers (29-31)

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Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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  1. The Dodgers regular season winning percentage in this short corona virusus season was 71.7%. If you apply that to a normal 162 game season, that equates to 116 wins, which is an incredible number. They are clearly the best team in baseball. Now it’s time to seal the deal with a championship.

    GO DODGERS!!!

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