The National League playoffs get started on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, when the Milwaukee Brewers (29-31) visit the Los Angeles Dodgers (43-17) in what should be a quick series. Milwaukee snuck into the playoffs as the fourth-place team in the NL Central, while Los Angeles cruised to the NL West title and the top seed in the playoffs. This game will air live on ESPN at 10:00 p.m. EST.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are huge -315 favorites to advance to the NL Division Series. Milwaukee can be grabbed at +242 to advance.
Milwaukee was fortunate to be in the terrible National League this season as they were able to lose five of their last eight games and still get into the final playoff spot. The Brewers finished the regular season by losing two of three to the Cincinnati Reds and three of five against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Los Angeles has been good all year and enter the playoffs after winning 10 of their last 12 games. The Dodgers finished the regular season by winning three of four against Colorado, two of three against Oakland, and sweeping the Angels in a three-game series.
Below is my pick for the Milwaukee Brewers at Los Angeles Dodgers. All odds are from DraftKings Sportsbook.
Milwaukee Brewers (+215) at Los Angeles Dodgers (-250)
Pitching Matchup: Brent Suter (4-2, 3.13 ERA, 1.11 WHIP) vs Walker Buehler (1-0, 3.44 ERA, 0.95 WHIP)
Brent Suter made just four starts during the regular season, in 16 appearances, but he will get the ball in a pivotal game one. Suter was brilliant in the final two months of the season after a rough first two appearances in July. In the final two months of the season, Suter allowed 24 hits and seven earned runs in 27.1 innings pitched.
Walker Buehler gets the start to open the postseason after a regular season that saw the Dodgers ease him through it. Buehler made eight starts and only pitched more than five innings twice all season, despite having solid numbers in most starts. In September, Buehler made just three starts and allowed seven hits and five funs (two earned) in 11.2 innings pitched.
Second baseman Keston Hiura was the only batter to appear in the top 15 of any major offensive categories as he finished tied for 14th with 13 home runs.
Los Angeles was dominant all season, but they didn’t have any offensive players go crazy. Shortstop Corey Seager was top 10 in the National League in batting average, slugging, and home runs. Right fielder Mookie Betts, and left fielder AJ Pollack, finished tied for third in the league with 16 home runs.
MLB Picks: The Los Angeles Dodgers roll.
2020 Picks Record: 57-41