Milwaukee Brewers (66-62 SU, 68-60 RL, 57-65-6 O/U) vs Los Angeles Dodgers (90-36 SU, 71-55 RL, 59-63-4 O/U)
When: 9:10 PM EDT, Saturday, August 26, 2017
Where: Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California
Lines: Los Angeles -148/ Milwaukee +138
Saturday evening on the MLB diamond and the Milwaukee Brewers will square off with the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California in game two of their three-game set. Pitching Probables: Zach Davies (14-7, 4.21 ERA) will take to the mound for the Brewers and he will be opposed by Ross Stripling (3-4, 3.41 ERA).
Brewers Are Looking To Stay In Striking Distance
The Milwaukee Brewers are playing well as the have shaken off a six game losing streak to win seven of their last 10 games, but they still have plenty of work to do as they are currently 3.0 games out first in the National League Central and 3.5 games out of the 2nd wildcard slot in the NL. Closing the gap in this series may be very tough to do as the Dodgers have been nearly unbeatable at home this year and the brewers have gone just 31-32 on the road for the year. The Brewers have really been led by their pitching of late as they have a 3.48 ERA over their last 10 games and they recently got a boost to their staff as Chase Anderson returned from the DL on the 20th and he is 7-2 with a 2.83 ERA on the year. They need him to stay healthy the rest of the way. He will get the start in game one of this series, but tonight it will be Zach Davies that gets the start and he has gone 14-7 with a 4.09 ERA in 26 starts on the year, including 1-2 with a 3.44 ERA in his last three starts and 7-1 with a 2.33 ERA in 13 starts on the road. Davies has gone 4-4 with a 4.25 ERA in 10 career starts in August and he is 1-1 with a 3.63 ERA in three starts against the Dodgers, including 0-0 with a 1.29 ERA in one start here at Dodger Stadium.
The Brewers have been a below average offensive team so far as they come in ranked 19th in the league in scoring, putting up 4.60 rpg, while also ranking 20th in hitting at .251 and 5th in homers with 185. On the mound, they have been solid so far as they come in ranked 12th in the league in ERA at 4.13, while also ranking 18th in WHIP at 1.38.
Dodgers Are At 90 Wins Already
The Los Angeles Dodgers didn’t start the year as the best team in the league as they were just 10-12 out the gate, but their is no doubt in the minds of just about everyone that they are the best team in the league. On Thursday afternoon, the Dodgers topped the Pirates by a score of 5-2 and they are now 80-24 in their last 104 games. The Dodgers are already at 90 wins for the season and we are not even out of August. That’s incredible. The League record is 116 wins in a season and that was set by the 1906 Cubs and the 2001 Mariners. The Dodgers are on pace for 115.7 wins, so they may come up just a bit short of the record. They are worried about keeping the momentum going, but they also want to head into the postseason healthy and fresh. The Dodgers have gone an amazing 51-14 at home and have averaged 5.29 rpg and have allowed just 3.12 rpg in those games. Taking the hill for the Dodgers in this one will be Ross Stripling and he has gone 3-4 with a 3.41 ERA in 35 games on the year, all out of the pen. Stripling is 3-6 with a 4.52 ERA in 14 career starts overall and he is 6-5 with a 3.80 ERA in 28 games (eight starts) here at Dodger stadium in his career. He has faced the Brewers twice and both were out of the pen. He allowed two hits and no runs in two innings of work in those appearances.
The Dodgers have been a very solid offensive team so far as they come in ranked 6th in the league in scoring, putting up 5.08 rpg, while also ranking 13th in hitting at .257 and 8th in homers with 181. On the mound, they have been the best in the league so far as they come in with an ERA of 3.12, while also ranking 1st in WHIP at 1.12.
- 9-3 in Davies’ last 12 road starts
- 5-1 in Davies’ last six road starts vs. a team with a winning record
Los Angeles is:
- None Available
The Brewers really need to play well in this series or they will find themselves with a much tougher road to climb for a playoff spot. It will not be easy to do as the Dodgers are chasing history and they have gone a very strong 51-14 here at home for the year. Still, I am going to take a shot with the Brewers in this game as they have an edge on the mound, especially since Zach Davies is 7-1 with a 2.33 ERA on the road, while Ross Stripling will be making his first start of the year and he is just 2-6 with a 4.52 ERA in 14 career starts overall. The Dodgers are clearly the better team, but I see this as a good spot for the Brewers to pick up a much needed win.
Pick: Milwaukee +137
The Dodgers have been one of the best offensive teams in the league, while the Brewers have the potential of being a good offense, but still, the Brewers have been getting great pitching of late, while the Dodgers have been getting great pitching all year. Ross Stripling has pitched well out of the pen, but in his career he has a 4.52 ERA. Still, the Brewers have averaged just 4.43 rpg on the road and so I will look for him to have a good showing in this one. I also look for Zach Davies to have a solid game in this one as he has a 2.33 ERA on the road and he has a 1.29 ERA in one career start in this park. Dodger Stadium is a pitcher’s park and I look for the pitchers to rule in this one.