Dodgers and Brewers on tap for Friday
The Baseball postseason has taken a couple of days for a breather after getting down to the final four teams in the playoffs this year.
Gone are the Atlanta Braves and the Colorado Rockies after their defeats to the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Milwaukee Brewers respectively along with the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians who lost to the Boston Red Sox and the Houston Astros.
That sets up some interesting match ups in the NLCS and ALCS particularly in the National League. The Washington Nationals and the Chicago Cubs entered the season as the perceived favorites in the senior circuit with the former not even making the postseason and the latter falling in the Wild Card.
The Dodgers underachieved all year and then suddenly came good right at the end to take the NL West Division for a sixth consecutive year.
The Brewers meanwhile made an uncharacteristically strong move to trade for Christian Yelich over the winter as the new ownership of the Miami Marlins got rid of their entire starting outfield.
Criticized for not making a stronger move at the trade deadline for more starting pitching, Milwaukee essentially stood pat before a late move to add Gio Gonzalez.
It was hard to see the Brewers' faith in their pitching staff, but Milwaukee apparently knew what they had and were comfortable.
Back on the west coast the attention turns to Clayton Kershaw. Generally considered the best pitcher in baseball, Kershaw has been eclipsed by the likes of Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants when it comes to the postseason.
Bumgarner has three World Series titles, Kershaw none, and the veteran left-hander needs to up his game if not to be known as something of an underachiever.
The Dodgers are 23/20 to win the World Series this season, while the Brewers are 1212/1 to claim the title.
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