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Brewers vs. Dodgers NL Wild Card Series Preview

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 20: Manager Craig Counsell #30 of the Milwaukee Brewers looks on against the Minnesota Twins on August 20, 2020 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 20: Manager Craig Counsell #30 of the Milwaukee Brewers looks on against the Minnesota Twins on August 20, 2020 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images) /
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The eighth-seeded Milwaukee Brewers will face off against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL Wild Card Round.

Despite some ups and downs, the Milwaukee Brewers will be playing postseason baseball for the third year in a row. Not bad, right? These expanded playoffs will now bring a significant challenge for Milwaukee, a rematch of the 2018 NLCS against the top-seeded Los Angeles Dodgers.

Starting with the lineups, let’s take a look at how these two teams match up with one another, and what Brewers fans should expect to see across this three-game playoff.

The Lineups

LA Projected Lineup:

Mookie Betts, RF

Corey Seager, DH

Justin Turner, 3B

Max Muncy, 2B

Cody Bellinger, 1B

Will Smith, C

Joc Pederson, LF

Chris Taylor, SS

AJ Pollock, CF

A simple eyeball test would tell you that this Dodgers lineup is elite. It features several household names in Betts, Bellinger, and Seager. That said, their reigning MVP, Cody Bellinger, has not performed to his standards this season, finishing with a .239 batting average with 12 home runs and 42 strikeouts.

This lineup is capable of big things on a day-by-day basis, but they’ll have to face a Brewers pitching staff that has overachieved this year. In a 3-game series, anything can happen.

MIL Projected Lineup: 

Avisail Garcia, CF

Christian Yelich, LF

Ryan Braun, RF

Daniel Vogelbach, DH

Jedd Gyorko, 1B

Keston Hiura, 2B

Orlando Arcia, SS

Eric Sogard, 3B

Jacob Nottingham, C

The Brewers offense, aside from a couple outlier games where they exploded for 18-19 runs, has been consistently subpar for most of the year. They got no-hit by the Cubs’ fifth starter, and they are dead last in first-inning runs per game, at just 0.25.

The good thing about the postseason is that none of that matters now. If the offense can have two good games in a row, they could find themselves advancing to the next round. That said, old habits may very well persist, and if they do, it’ll be very difficult for Milwaukee to beat L.A.

Look for Orlando Arcia to keep hitting the ball well, and Ryan Braun continuing to put the team on his back as much as he can.

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