Milwaukee Brewers vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
The Milwaukee Brewers look to continue their strong play s down the stretch as they host the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Brewers are -165 favorites over the Dodgers with an over/under run total set at 8.5.
A few weeks ago the National League Central was one of the tightest races in baseball but as of now, the Milwaukee Brewers have the second largest division lead of any team in baseball. The Brewers have won three in a row, are 9-1 in their last 10 games, and 44-15 at home this season. As a team Milwaukee is hitting .263 led by Ryan Braun at .326, Nyjer Morgan at .317, and Prince Fielder at .305. As a team the Brewers pitching staff has a combined ERA of 3.77 with the starters at 3.83 and the bullpen at 3.65. For game one against the Dodgers Milwaukee starts Randy Wolf who has won each of his last three starts. For the season Wolf has allowed 150 hits and 59 earned runs while striking out 99 over 152.2 innings of work.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are doing something their organization isn’t used to doing in mid-August, simply playing out the season. The Dodgers have won three in a row, 5-5 in their last 10 games, and 24-30 on the road this season. As a team Los Angeles is hitting .252 led by Matt Kemp at .320, Andre Ethier at .299, and Jamey Carroll at .295. As a team the Dodgers pitching staff has a combined ERA of 3.77 with the starters at 3.66 and the bullpen at 4.02. For game one at Miller Park Los Angeles starts Ted Lilly who has lost his last two starts. For the season Lilly has allowed 141 hits and 72 earned runs while striking out 106 in 137.2 innings of work.
Milwaukee is 16-3 in their last 19 home games against a team with a losing road record, 5-2 in their last seven games against a left handed starter, and 7-1 in Wolf’s last eight home starts. Los Angeles is 5-2 in their last seven road games, 5-11 in their last 16 games against a left handed starter, and 1-5 in Lilly’s last six road starts. Los Angeles has won five of the last six meetings of these two.
This game features some of the best hitters in the game and doesn’t feature pitchers near the top of the rotation and it figures to go over the total.