In the world of sport we all hope for good competition. But it doesn’t always happen. There are plenty of blowouts and lopsided games. It’s even worse when a playoff series only goes four games and a team gets swept. But this year’s NLCS is not likely to be a four-game series.
This is the best outcome for Milwaukee fans, L.A. fans, and everyone around the country. The bottom line is that we all want to see good baseball. And in this year’s NCLS, that is exactly what we are going to get. Don’t be surprised if this one goes seven games.
Starting Pitching For Both Teams
As in any series, in the playoffs or otherwise, starting pitching is a huge factor. The Dodgers probably have the advantage in this department. Clayton Kershaw is hard to slow down and the Brewers may have a difficult time against him. In game two of the division series, he threw eight scoreless innings against Atlanta, giving up only two hits without a single walk.
Hyun-Jin Ryu started things off well for the Dodgers in game one of the NLDS, and then there are Walker Buehler and Rich Hill. Needless to say, the Dodgers have an incredibly deep pitching staff. With no holes in the rotation, the Brewers offense has their work cut out for them.
The Brewers on the other hand do not have the talent on the mound that the Dodgers do. In their own division series, they did indeed sweep the Rockies, but their starters only went for a combined 12 and 2/3 innings over three games. Now, each starter pitched scoreless baseball during each outing, but less than 13 innings over three games is not a lot. This means that Milwaukee has to rely heavily on its relief pitching staff. It went for them in the division series but they only had to play three games. It may be a different story if the NLCS goes seven.
The Dodgers are one of the best power hitting teams in baseball. This season they had a 23 game stretch in which at least one home run was hit per game. They also have seven players on the team with 20 or more home runs. The Brewers can knock the ball out of the park as well but not with the same consistency as the Dodgers.
Every expert has a different opinion. But it is hard to argue against starting pitching. The Dodgers have the better rotation. And with a power-hitting offense like they have, the Brewers are in trouble. That being said, it is likely to be a competitive series and may indeed go the full seven games.