Dodgers push underdog Brewers to the brink

World Series odds (As of Oct. 18)

Boston Red Sox: 1.80
L.A. Dodgers: 2.90
Milwaukee Brewers: 8.50
Houston Astros: 9.00


The Los Angeles Dodgers are one win away from clinching a spot in the 2018 World Series, while the Milwaukee Brewers are on the brink of elimination in the National League Championship Series.

It’s been quite a swing for both teams in just three days, with Milwaukee going on the road for Game 3 and taking a 2-1 advantage with a shut-out win over the Dodgers, before L.A. regrouped to put the Brewers in this precarious position, winning Games 4 and 5 to turn the series back in their favour as it shifts back to Wisconsin for Game 6 on Friday.

While the Brewers were rolling right along to the tune of 12 straight victories through the final week of the regular season and into playoffs, including the opener against the Dodgers last week, back-to-back losses in which they were held to a total of just three runs scored has put them in must-win territory for Friday and – if necessary – Saturday’s games at home.

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The Brewers are, as of Thursday morning, slight home underdogs in Game 6, with Money Line odds of 1.94 compared to 1.87 for the Dodgers. Per MLB.com, Milwaukee is slated to start lefty Wade Miley.

Miley actually started Game 5 on Wednesday, faced one batter, gave up a walk, and was pulled immediately after, as the chess game between Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell and Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts hit new levels of intrigue.

The Brewers are no strangers to the role of underdog, whether it’s for World Series outright bets or the NLCS odds at the beginning of this series with L.A.

When the postseason began earlier this month – by the way, how great is October for sports? – only 2.51 per cent of the money wagered on the World Series was on Milwaukee. Consider that almost two-thirds of the money combined for the outright market was on Boston, Houston and the New York Yankees to win the championship.

That dollar figure, as it pertains to the Brewers, had climbed slightly in the past 16 days with 3.45 per cent of money on Milwaukee to win the World Series. Their outright odds – which were 20.00 back in the midst of August – have shifted in the last two days, as well.

On the night they lost to the Dodgers in Game 4 and L.A. evened the series, the Brewers’ World Series odds were 4.90. Two consecutive losses, however, mixed with the possibility of elimination on Friday, and those odds have shifted to 8.50. No surprise, but those are the second worst odds now in front of only the Astros, who trail the Boston Red Sox 3-1 in the American League Championship Series.

The Dodgers are expected to start left-handed pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu in Game 6.

Ryu has two starts this month. He pitched an impressive seven innings against the Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Series, giving up only four hits, striking out eight and allowing no runs or walks.

The Brewers, however, were finally able to get to Ryu in the fifth inning of Game 2, scoring a pair of runs on six hits – albeit in a losing cause. 

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