The Major League Baseball playoffs kick off tonight in Washington DC as the Milwaukee Brewers are hosted by the Washington Nationals in the wild card round.
The wild card round is really a must-win show, where theyll match up with all the top-seeded Los Angeles Dodgers, and the winner will advance to the National League Divisional Series.
The Brewers find themselves after a red-hot start to September that saw them move out of emptiness to creating the playoffs having a furious ending to the season at the card. The Brewers came so close to grabbing the St. Louis Cardinals for the National League Central Division title but came just two games short as they finished up the regular season by dropping three straight games into the afterward last-place Colorado Rockies.
The Brewers are forced to play without their best player since September 10th, once Yelich fouled a ball off his knee, breaking his knee cap and ending his season. The Brewers were able to remain hot without him for a few weeks prior to running out of gasoline in Colorado in the finale.
For the Nationals, they started the season 19-31 out and looked as if they would have no shot. Nevertheless, they got healthy and began stringing together wins in the second half and finished the season as the top card in the NL, providing them home-field advantage tonight.
Beginning for the Nationals is Cy Young Award candidate, Max Scherzer (11-7 2.92 ERA) and to the Brewers, its Brandon Woodruff (11-3 3.62 ERA). The game is placed in seven and a half conducts. The Nationals have been -178 home favorites. First pitch is scheduled for 5:08 PM PST in Nationals Park in Washington DC.
Its truly tough to comprehend what occurred in September to the Milwaukee Brewers. They had a stretch where they gained eighteen from twenty games, with many of these games coming following Yelich hit on the IL. They seemed poised to pass on the St. Louis Cardinals for the branch name and advance straight to the NLDS. They all had to do was win the show at Colorado against the Rockies who had lost six out of the previous eight games.
And they laid an egg and went to Colorado, losing all three matches. Not only did they kill off all of the momentum they had previously in the month, confront whats probably the best pitcher in the league in Max Scherzer and they have to proceed tonight. And when they find a way to beat Mad Max and the Nationals, prevent and they then have to try .
The Brewers will ship the very best they have in the kind of Brandon Woodruff into the mound tonight. Before he went down with an elbow injury in July woodruff was having a year. He didnt return before mid-September to the staff and missed a few weeks of activity. He has made two appearances and has pitched only four innings that was joint. They were taking things slowly with Woodruff, also hes looked good in limited action as he run in his four innings of work or hasnt allowed a hit.
Woodruff had a solid outing and faced his year. Against Washington, Woodruff tossed six innings of all one-run chunk on May 8th, picking up the win due to his efforts and allowing just four hits. Even though Woodruff has shown the ability to get deep into matches, hes pitched six innings or eleven times this season, you can expect the Brewers to keep him tonight. Milwaukee is always quick to go to the bullpen, and they will do that tonight.
Max Scherzer missed a couple of weeks in July and has been because returning, just OK. He was the Cy Young candidate in the NL, when he went down with the injury. But since returning, he is a very typical 2-2 with a 4.81 ERA. Hes allowed nine home runs in his final forty-three innings after allowing only nine home runs in his first one hundred and twenty-nine plus a third innings.
In his lone start against the Brewers this year, Scherzer pitched six innings, gave up one earned run and struck out ten. The Nationals have an bullpen, and I would expect that Washington will ride Mad Max up to if he gets in to trouble hell take them and could turn the game over to Patrick Corbin or even fellow starters Stephen Strasburg.
I enjoy the Nationals. They are favorites, and I think Max Scherzer is currently going to be really great tonight. Unlike Woodruff, that wont be by the time the inning comes around, you are able to pencil Scherzer in for seven-plus innings tonight. With his recent struggles, guys at a epic rate has been striking . He has forty-three strikeouts in two-thirds of an inning pitched in September and only twenty-nine.
Betting playoff baseball can be tough. The numbers to back the favorites are generally steep, because the top teams find a way to win when it matters and thats. So, you have the choice of placing wood than you take a shot onto a large underdog that wont come through or would love to. I will lay that wood.
You know that I prefer to locate underdogs to back In case youve been studying my betting column all season long. It is not hard to find an undervalued underdog that provides a whole lot of value when there are thirteen to fifteen matches on the schedule. All the worth talk goes away, and tonight, there is only one game, and it comes down to who do you think will win the game. And tonight, I always still feel for many reasons, the Nationals are the side. So, I will lay a bit more although Id like, but know I am on the perfect side tonight. Give that the Washington Nationals to me as home favorites laying -178.