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Game Preview: Dodgers Look To Bounce Back in Series Finale



Los Angeles Dodgers at Milwaukee Brewers

Time: 11:10 AM PT

Venue: Miller Park

Los Angeles Record: 54-44

Milwaukee Record: 56-44

The Dodgers displayed a disappointing performance, both offensively and defensively, in their 4-2 loss to the Brewers on Saturday. They will look to rebound behind Alex Wood on Sunday in the series finale.

How Are the Dodgers Doing?

In their two games since coming back from the All-Star break, the Dodgers have struggled with situational hitting. Their lineup left a total of 33 runners on base between the two game. Eight out of the nine starting players reached base, but they only managed to score two runs on Saturday.

Max Muncy struggled defensively at third base, making two errors at the hot corner. While he is not Brooks Robinson on defense, it was definitely an uncharacteristic night for Muncy.

Why is this Game Important?

The Dodgers lead in the NL West remains in jeopardy. The Rockies only trail by one game and the Diamondbacks are not far off, at a game and a half back of first.

With the trade deadline still nine days away, the Dodgers will continue to tinker with their bullpen as the front office looks to improve that part of the roster.

Pitching Matchup

Alex Wood (5-5, 3.92 ERA) vs Brent Suter (8-6, 4.39 ERA)

Alex Wood will be the third straight southpaw starting for the Dodgers in this series. He enters the game posting a 4-0 record with a 2.95 ERA over his previous six starts. He has thrown at least six innings in each of his last five starts and has a career ERA of 1.00 at Miller Park.

The Brewers will also start a lefty with Brent Suter taking the mound for the Sunday matinee. The Harvard University graduate pitched well in his last start, allowing just two hits and one run over five innings against the Pirates. Suter has a 4.87 ERA when he pitches at home this year and he is facing the Dodgers for the first time in his career.

Matchup of the Day

Christian Yelich vs. Alex Wood

Christian Yelich already has five hits this series and the numbers favor him to produce again on Sunday. Yelich is batting .379 in 29 at-bats against Wood in his career. The last time these two players faced off, Yelich had a three hit game.

Vegas Odds

Odds Sharks

Dodgers: -137

Brewers: +127

FiveThirtyEight

Dodgers: 52% chance of winning

Brewers: 48% chance of winning

Fun Fact

Alex Woodโ€™s 103 pitches in his last start is the most he has thrown in a single outing since April 13, 2016.

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Written by Arthur Cribbs

Arthur Cribbs is a journalism student at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He is a lifelong Dodgers fan and when he is not at school, he resides in Los Angeles.

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