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Series Preview: Dodgers Visit Brewers at Miller Park For Road Leg of NLCS Rematch

On Thursday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers kick off another marquee series at Miller Park in Milwaukee. Just a week ago – the Brewers came into Dodger Stadium and took two of three games from the defending NL central champs. Now, the Dodgers are getting healthy in the rotation with their ace back in the fold in Clayton Kershaw.

With no bullpen game planned, and all position players healthy; the full-strength Dodgers will need to win the series to win the season series against Milwaukee. Currently at 12-8, Los Angeles sits in first place in the NL West. By the same token, the Brewers are 12-7 and in first place in the NL Central.

While it’s only April, this is a series that should get some love; and some viewership around the league.

Pitching Matchups

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LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 20: Julio Urias #7 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws pitch in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Dodger Stadium on May 20, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Thursday – Julio Urias vs. Zach Davies

Friday – Ross Stripling vs. Jhoulys Chacin

Saturday – Clayton Kershaw vs. Freddy Peralta

Sunday – Kenta Maeda vs. Brandon Woodruff

Julio Urias needs a rebound after tough back-to-back starts. Furthermore, the Dodgers face Davies in the opener of the series. Davies held the Dodgers to just one run in Los Angeles, a Cody Bellinger home run.

There is no ‘marquee’ match-up of aces, but it’s worth nothing that Clayton Kershaw takes the bump in game three of the series on Saturday. Kershaw had a beautiful first start of the 2019 season, going five innings of two-run baseball; surrendering only five hits. In fact, Stripling and Maeda were incredibly sharp their last time out just like the big left-hander.

Dodgers Immobilizing Christian Yelich

I felt like the Dodgers have done a nice job of shutting down reigning MVP, Christian Yelich. However, I didn’t know the statistics on this; so our friend Rick Krajewski (best stats guy in the biz, follow him here) looked it up for us. Here’s the story the numbers tell:

Indeed, the Dodgers are shutting down one of the most potent offensive forces in the game dating back to last season. For the Dodgers to win or split this series, I think they need to continue using the same book they have been to get Yelich out. Earlier in the week, Yelich homered four times in two ballgames. Even if Los Angeles has been successful thus far, keeping a talent like Yelich quiet for a four-game series is never going to be an easy task.

At the current moment – Yelich is slashing .356/.448/.781 for the season. Furthermore, he’s drawn comparisons to Cody Bellinger as to who is the best offensive player in the NL during the 2019 season.

Final Word

It’s interesting that this will be the last time these two teams see one another before the postseason. Also, if we are being honest; it feels kind of de facto that their paths will cross again in 2019. Perhaps a budding rivalry began last October in the seven game battle that decided who advanced to the World Series. When these two teams kick things off on Thursday night, I expect a continuation of good baseball with a lot of start power on both sides.

Simply, you couldn’t ask for more.

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Written by Clint Evans

Clint lives in Ohio, and played collegiate baseball. He loves the Dodgers due to his first memories of Chavez Ravine when he was nine years old. The voice of Vin Scully has been a staple in his life since he was a kid. No amount of baseball talk is ever enough, and he wishes the regular season was year round. He has written about baseball online since 2007.

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  1. Heads up Dodgers fans, Yelich vs. Kershaw(Sunday) i s hitting .643 in 14 at-bats with 2 homeruns. The Brewers opposing starter B.Woodruff hit a homerun off of Kershaw in 2018 NLCS at Milwaukee.

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