Milwaukee Brewers vs Los Angeles Dodgers MLB Baseball Wild Card Game 2 LAD lead series 1-0
Milwaukee Brewers vs Los Angeles Dodgers Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview of the match for the MLB Baseball Game on Thursday October 1st, 2020.
|#955 Milwaukee Brewers +210||MLB WILD CARD||#956 Los Angeles Dodgers -240|
Clayton Kershaw's complicated relationship in the playoffs shifts front and center Thursday when the Los Angeles Dodgers face the visiting Milwaukee Brewers in Game 2 of the NL wild card series.
When Kershaw was last seen in the playoffs, it was another crisis for the Dodgers as the Washington Nationals rallied in the decisive fifth game of the 2019 National League Division Series.
The result left Kershaw with a 9-11 playoff record accompanied by a 4.43 ERA, surprisingly poor numbers compared to his Hall of Fame in the regular season: 175-76, 2.43 ERA.
Called in by starter Walker Buehler to protect a two-point lead in this game, Kershaw came out of a legacy jam in the seventh inning. The eighth was a different story. Back-to-back home runs by Anthony Rendón and Juan Soto tied the game 3-3 and Kershaw retired.
Washington won in the 10th when Howie Kendrick hit a grand slam against Joe Kelly. In addition to the pain of loss, the Nationals won a World Series that the Dodgers thought they were ready to win.
Even in his only previous playoff series against the Brewers, Kershaw posted his ups and downs in the playoffs again. In Game 1 of the 2018 National League Championship Series, he allowed a home run to Milwaukee pitcher Brandon Woodruff when the Brewers won. Woodruff will introduce the Brewers on Thursday.
Kershaw made three 2018 NLCS appearances and had a 4.09 ERA, but also had the last three strikeouts in relief of a 5-1 victory in Game 7.
A win on Thursday would move the Dodgers to the NLDS in Arlington, Texas, after Los Angeles' 4-2 win over Milwaukee on Wednesday. However, the result doesn't seem to do much to change the perception of Kershaw's struggles in the postseason.
In 15 career regular-season starts against Milwaukee, Kershaw is 6-5 with a 2.87 ERA.
Woodruff claimed victory in Game 1 of the 2018 NLCS with two scoreless innings against the Dodgers, and had a 1.93 ERA in three appearances and 9 1/3 innings during the series.
In two career regular-season games against the Dodgers (one start), he has a 9.39 ERA. He was 3-5 with a 3.05 ERA in 13 starts in the 2020 regular season.
As for the home run against Kershaw, Woodruff said Wednesday that he hadn't discussed it with the Dodgers pitcher, even on the rare occasions they shared the same space.
Woodruff won't have a chance to repeat the feat on Thursday, as all 2020 playoff games are played with a designated hitter instead of the pitcher.
|PICK: Los Angeles Dodgers @ -240, O/U 7.5|
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