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NLCS Preview: Game 7 Los Angeles Dodgers at Milwaukee Brewers

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Oct 12, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado (8) celebrates with the dugout after hitting a solo home run during the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers in game one of the 2018 NLCS playoff baseball series at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Dodgers at Milwaukee Brewers

Time: 5:09 PM PT

Venue: Miller Park

Series Tied 3-3

How are the Dodgers Doing?

The Dodgers opened Game 6 with a leadoff home run by David Freese. It went downhill for Los Angeles after taking an early lead with Hyun-Jin Ryu allowing five runs through his first two innings of work. David Freese contributed an RBI double in the fifth inning but his efforts were not enough to wake up the rest of the dormant Dodgers lineup.

Why is this Game Important?

The Dodgers and the Brewers will be playing the highest magnitude game of the year on Saturday. The winner of this game will head to Boston for the World Series while the loser will head home for an early offseason. The two teams have been evenly matched, but the Brewers have outscored the Dodgers, 23-18.

Josh Hader, who did not pitch in Game 6, will likely take the mound at some point in Game 7. The Brewers are 5-1 in games where Hader has made an appearance. He has not allowed a run in his seven innings of work throughout the postseason.

Pitching Matchup

Walker Buehler (0-1, 6.75 ERA) vs. Jhoulys Chacin (2-0, 0.00 ERA) *2018 Playoff Stats

Throughout the playoffs, Walker Buehler has been in the midst of high-leverage games for the Dodgers. None will top his start on Saturday with the Dodgers on the brink of both elimination and a World Series appearance. After allowing five runs in his postseason debut, Buehler surrendered four runs in seven innings in his last start. He lost that outing, allowing three of those runs in his final two innings of work.

Jhoulys Chacin has been blemish-free throughout the playoffs. He has won both of his starts, tossing 10.2 scoreless innings, allowing just six hits.

Matchup of the Day

Yasiel Puig vs Jhoulys Chacin

Yasiel Puig set a franchise record appearing in his 52nd career postseason game on Friday. He has been an ex-factor for Los Angeles, with the Dodgers going 4-1 in games that he records a hit in these playoffs. Including the playoffs, Puig is batting .346 against Chacin with a home run.

Vegas Odds

FiveThirtyEight

Dodgers: 49% chance of winning

Milwaukee: 51% chance of winning

Fun Fact

In 16 career Game 7s of League Championship Series, the home team has won 11 times.

 

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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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