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NLCS Preview: Game 4 Milwaukee Brewers at Los Angeles Dodgers

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Oct 8, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill (44) reacts after walking Atlanta Braves right fielder Nick Markakis (not pictured) in game four of the 2018 NLDS playoff baseball series at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Milwaukee Brewers at Los Angeles Dodgers

Time: 6:09 PM PT

Venue: Dodger Stadium

Brewers Lead Series 2-1

How are the Dodgers Doing?

Despite returning home for the first time since Game 2 of the NLDS on October 5, the Dodgers fell to the Brewers 4-0. Walker Buehler allowed four runs over seven innings, with three of those runs coming in his final two innings of work. The Dodger offense recorded just five hits, but had the bases loaded with less than two outs in the ninth inning.

Why is this Game Important?

Trailing the series 2-1, the Dodgers are in must-win mode for Game 4. Only 13 times in MLB history has a team overcome a 3-1 deficit, with the most recent example coming in the 2016 World Series when the Cubs defeated the Indians.

The last time the Dodgers overcame a 2-1 playoff deficit was in the 2016 NLDS when they defeated the Nationals. Prior to their loss on Monday, the Dodgers had won their last five home games dating back to the regular season.

Pitching Matchup

Rich Hill (0-0. 4.15 ERA) vs. Gio Gonzalez (0-0, 4.50 ERA)*2018 Playoff Stats

Rich Hill started Game 4 of the NLDS in Atlanta, allowing two runs over 4.1 innings. In his nine career playoff starts, only twice has Hill thrown at least five innings. Despite his inability to pitch deep into games, the Dodgers have won six of Hill’s last seven postseason starts.

Gio Gonzalez will make his second start of the NLCS. He threw two innings for the Brewers in Game 1, allowing his only run on a Manny Machado home run. Gonzalez has yet to throw over five innings in seven career postseason starts. In the playoffs, Brewers starting pitchers have averaged under five innings per start.

Matchup of the Day

Justin Turner vs. Gio Gonzalez

Other than his forgettable Game 1 of the NLCS, Justin Turner has been the most consistent Dodger throughout the playoffs. He has reached base in 35 of his 38 career playoff starts.

His atrocious Game 1 performance featured an 0-5 day with four strikeouts.

Vegas Odds

FiveThirtyEight

Dodgers: 60% chance of winning

Milwaukee: 40% chance of winning

Fun Fact

Five out of the seven teams to overcome a 3-1 deficit in a championship series has gone on to win the World Series.

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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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