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NLCS Preview: Game 2 Los Angeles Dodgers at Milwaukee Brewers

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Oct 4, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (99) reacts after striking out Atlanta Braves center fielder Ender Inciarte (not seen) during the seventh inning in game one of the 2018 NLDS playoff baseball series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Dodgers at Milwaukee Brewers

Time:1:09 PM PT

Venue: Miller Park

Brewers Lead Series 1-0

How are the Dodgers Doing?

After pitching his longest postseason outing of his career, Clayton Kershaw lasted just three innings in the opener of the NLCS against the Brewers. While he struggled in his start, the defense behind him equally shares the blame, committing four errors. Yasmani Grandal committed two of those errors and had two pass balls.

Trailing 6-1 through seven innings, the Dodgers scored four runs in the final two innings, falling short of a Game 1 comeback.

Why is this Game Important?

Losing Game 1 puts Los Angeles in an unfamiliar hole. They have not lost a playoff series opener since the 2016 NLCS against the Cubs. The last time they won a playoff series after trailing after Game 1 was the 1988 NLCS against the Mets.

Pitching Matchup

Hyun-Jin Ryu(1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Wade Miley(0-0, 0.00 ERA) *2018 Playoff Stats

Hyun-Jin Ryu impressed in his only start of the NLDS, tossing seven shutout innings in Game 1 against the Braves. Ryu has allowed just one run over his last 20 playoff innings. His only career start in Miller Park came in his rookie season in 2013.

With the Dodgers throwing a lefty for the second consecutive day, the Brewers will follow suit, sending Wade Miley to the mound. Miley made his postseason debut last Sunday, throwing 4.2 scoreless innings in Colorado. Miley faces the Dodgers once this season, and did not allow a run in his six innings of work.

Matchup of the Day

David Freese vs Wade Miley

One of the more under-the-radar acquisitions for the Dodgers in 2018, David Freese has proved helpful for Los Angeles. After securing a victory in Game 4 of the NLDS, Freese started Game 1 of the NLCS in Milwaukee. He is batting .329 with a home run in his career against Miley.

Vegas Odds

FiveThirtyEight

Dodgers: 50%  chance of winning

Milwaukee: 50% chance of winning

Fun Fact

David Freese has played more career playoff games (55) than the Milwaukee Brewers franchise (31), which dates back to 1969.

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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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  1. Clayton Kershaw is done.. about time everyone realized it .. DONE….. look at how he did this year… uhg!!!! Dodgers are done….. look how many opportunities they had to score…. they are what I have called them all season overpaid underachievers

  2. Why is the reply I made to ken will post?
    This was my reply
    I said with 2 pass-balls and 3 errors Kershaw was lucky to last 3 innings

  3. First, Kershaw is NOT done (he gave up only 1 earned run).
    Second, Grandal threw away Game 1
    Third, failed relief pitching again.
    Finally, the Dodgers do need to hit with runners on base (as Puig failed to do in the 9th inning) and Not rely so much on home runs.

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