The Los Angeles Dodgers (17-25) and Milwaukee Brewers (17-25) will open up a three-game National League series Monday night at Miller Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:10 p.m. ET.
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Los Angeles suffered a three-game sweep in Atlanta, as it dropped a 5-2 decision as +186 underdogs Sunday, while going UNDER the total for the fourth time in five contests. “I’m confident out relievers can do the job,” stated Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. It’s important to note that 13 of the team’s 25 losses have been tallied by relief pitchers. The Dodgers are 6-12 on the road, and are in trouble in the NL West division. Los Angeles is 17-14 as road favorites of -125 to -150 the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 17-13-1 in that situation.
Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (4-2, 1.40 ERA) is coming off a 2-0 home win over the Washington Nationals last time out, as he allowed just five hits over 8.2 scoreless innings. The left-hander is 0-1 with a 2.79 ERA in three road efforts, with opposing hitters batting .179 against him. In seven career appearances versus the Brewers, Kershaw has tallied an even 3-3 record and 2.79 ERA, including a 2-0 mark and 0.64 ERA at this ballpark.
Milwaukee returns home after a disappointing 2-8 road trip, which concluded with a 4-2 setback to the St. Louis Cardinals as +107 underdogs, while going UNDER the betting total of 9. “It feels like we’ve been on the road for about a month,” stated Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun. The Brewers still have the ability to turn around their 2013 campaign, considering they closed last year with a 83-79 mark after winning just 17 of their first 42 games. The team is 0-17 this season when scoring three or fewer runs.
Brewers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo (3-3, 4.50 ERA) has dropped back-to-back decisions, including a 3-1 setback on the road to the Pittsburgh Pirates last time out, as he allowed two runs and three hits over six innings. The right-hander is 2-0 with a 3.90 ERA in five home starts, with opposing hitters batting .277 against him. In six career games versus the Dodgers, Gallardo has tallied a losing 1-3 record and 6.21 ERA.
Sports bettors will likely back the Dodgers due to their 5-0 record in Kershaw’s last five outings versus NL Central opponents.