Benny Sieu, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Josh Hader
Betting odds: Milwaukee Brewers at Los Angeles Dodgers
- Brewers moneyline: +167
- Dodgers moneyline: -177
- Over/Under: 7.5 (+102/-122)
- First pitch: 7:39 p.m. ET
- Channel: FS1
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Is this going to turn into the Josh Hader series?
After splitting the first two games in Milwaukee, the Dodgers and Brewers head to Chavez Ravine for the next three games. That should be good news for the pitchers as Dodger Stadium is a better park for pitchers than Miller Park.
The Brewers won Game 1 thanks to some early offense and heroic efforts from bullpen arms Brandon Woodruff and Hader.
Hader was especially huge, pitching three shutout innings to allow Milwaukee to build a 6-1 lead heading into the eighth. Things almost came undone for the Brew Crew thanks to some suspect pitching from the back end of the pen, but Milwaukee held on.
What that showed me is that Craig Counsell will be going to Hader if the Brewers build a lead early in Game 3. It’s now a Best-of-5, so winning Game 3 has become paramount, and I expect Counsell to play this like a must-win game, something he’s been doing all postseason long.
The best way to manage in the postseason is to do everything to win today and worry about tomorrow later. Counsell has been adroit at deploying that strategy so far.