Game 2: Saturday October 6, 6.15am, Miller Park
Brewers Lead Series 1-0
Things looked done and dusted for the Rockies in Game 1 after falling behind early in the third inning thanks to Christian Yelich’s two-run homer.
Colorado came storming back in the ninth to provide some false hope tieing the game 2-2, but ultimately, the Brewers won in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the 10th.
It was a tough loss for the Rockies, one that was expected considering their tiring travel schedule over the last few days. There’s no time to dwell though, as Game 2 takes place on Saturday with Tyler Anderson on the mound.
It’s been a tough year for the Rockies’ lefty, allowing at least one earned run in 27 of his 32 starts this year. The Rockies would be happy with four solid innings from the 28-year old, however Anderson’s record against this Brewers lineup isn’t so convincing.
In the eight times he’s faced Ryan Braun, Anderson has allowed three home runs. The good news is Anderson has struck out Yelich three times in his nine at-bats, but that was before the former Marlin started playing like the National League MVP.
As for the Brewers, Jhoulys Chacin receives the start after manager Craig Counsell surprisingly chose a bullpen approach in Game 1. He’s fared so-so against this Rockies lineup, but has managed to avoid guys like Nolan Arenado, Charlie Blackmon and Trevor Story for the most part, allowing just five hits and two home runs combined.
Since Game 1 was so low-scoring, it’s safe to assume there might be a few more runs on the board on Saturday. The Brewers used Josh Hader effectively on Friday – the star closer threw three strikeouts – while the Rockies still have Wade Davis fresh and ready to go.
After coming so close in Game 1, Colorado should have taken plenty away from the loss. Intentionally walking Yelich might be a plan, but don’t expect another hitless game from Arenado with a weaker Brewers rotation on the mound.
Tip: Back the Rockies To Win @ $2.35
Los Angeles Dodgers
Game 1: Friday October 5, 10.30am, Dodger Stadium
Dodgers Lead Series 1-0
Full credit to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, his decision to send Hyun-Jin Ryu to the mound in Game 1 was genius.
That leaves Clayton Kershaw fresh and primed for a big Game 2, and if the Braves scoreless game on Friday was anything to go by, we should see more of the same at Dodger Stadium on Saturday.
The problem for Atlanta going into this series was always a lack of experience, and you only have to take one peak at the stat sheet to realise the Braves struggled to calm their nerves. Ryu threw 7.0 flawless innings during Friday’s 6-0 win, striking out eight without walking a single hitter.
Likewise, the bullpen was equally great, and after mustering up only four hits all night, it’s really tough to trust Atlanta from here on out.
It’s too early to start talking sweeps, but this series looks like it’ll be 2-0 in favour of the Dodgers as it swings back to Sun Trust Park.
Kershaw has been pretty un-Kershaw like in his most recent starts, allowing five earned runs in five innings last week against the Giants. His velocity has become an issue, but the good news is, he’s been solid at home – allowing only nine earned runs for a .208 AVG against.
The good news for the future Hall of Famer is this: the Dodgers lesser-knowns are hitting.
Joc Pederson scored two runs on Friday, while Max Muncy finished with three RBI’s. We’re still waiting on Manny Machado and Cody Bellinger to show up, but that’s a scary thought as it already feels like the Braves are on the ropes.
Tip: Back the Dodgers To Win