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Dan Hunter 29 Apr 2021
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Los Angeles Dodgers @ Milwaukee Brewers Tips 


The Los Angeles Dodgers take on the Milwaukee Brewers in a MLB regular-season game on Friday, April 30. Both of these teams compete in the MLB National League, the LA Dodgers topping the West Division and the Milwaukee Brewers leading the Central Division. This will be the first meeting of the season between these teams and the first of four consecutive games between Los Angeles and Milwaukee.

The LA Dodgers are the defending World Series winners and have already drawn rave reviews with the manner of which they have gone about defending their title. Playing exciting, aggressive baseball, Los Angeles have won 16 and lost nine games this season, a record only equaled by the Boston Red Sox who are also 16-9. The Dodgers are top of an extremely competitive West Division that features four teams with definite playoff aspirations.

The Milwaukee Brewers have a record of 14-10 this season and also lead a highly competitive division in which all five teams appear capable of doing big things in 2021. Last year Milwaukee finished fourth in the Central Division with a record good enough to make the playoffs, from which they made an early exit. This season the Brewers have improved even further and are expected to do even better.

I’m backing the Dodgers to win this opening fixture although not necessarily the series itself. Milwaukee have a tendency to start a series slowly come, after losing the opening game before winning the next two. I’m therefore predicting a Dodgers win on Friday in a match that will feature at least 10 runs.

  • Dodgers top of NL West Division
  • Dodgers 16-9 this season
  • Brewers top of NL Central Division
  • Brewers 14-10 this season

Head to Head 


The LA Dodgers and the Milwaukee Brewers didn’t play each other at all in 2020. They did meet seven times during the 2019 season, with the Dodgers finishing 4-3 up. They also faced each other seven times during the 2018 season, with the Dodgers leading 4-3. They now go into a four match series, with a further three games planned at the end of the season.

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The LA Dodgers made an exceptional start to the new season by winning their first five match series’ against the Colorado Rockies (twice) the Oakland Athletics, the Washington Nationals and the San Diego Padres. However after tying 1-1 with the Seattle Mariners, the Dodgers have now lost their last two series’ against the Padres and the Cincinnati Reds.

In terms of matches won and lost, the Dodgers have gone from losing just twice in their first 15 matches to suffering seven defeats in their last 10. They did however win their most recent outing, defeating Cincinnati 8-0. While Clayton Kershaw was outstanding for them in that game, main man for the Dodgers this season has been Justin Turner who holds a 0.337 batting average, has already hit six home runs, scored 29 hits and 20 runs batted in.

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Although Milwaukee only finished fourth in the National League Central Division last season, their record of 29-31 was good enough to earn them a playoff wildcard, although they fell at the first hurdle against none other than the LA Dodgers. This season it is clear that Milwaukee fully intend to build and improve on last season’s achievements.

After losing their opening series 1-2 to the Minnesota Twins, Milwaukee had an excellent 2-1 series victory over the Chicago Cubs. A 2-1 series victory over the St. Louis Cardinals followed, which in turn was followed by another series win over Chicago, again by 2-1. Their momentum was momentarily halted when they lost a series to the Pittsburgh Pirates, but followed that up with their most emphatic series victory yet, 3-0 against the highly rated San Diego Padres.

Another series win over the Chicago Cubs followed, but in their most recent series they were defeated by the Miami Marlins 2-1, losing their last game 6-2.

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Verdict

Clearly this upcoming four-match series between the LA Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers is going to be a supremely competitive affair, and right now the Brewers must be firm favorites to take the series overall. However, who’s going to win the opening game?

In most of the series’ they have won, the Dodgers tend to win the opening game, whereas the Brewers often lose the opening fixture and then win the rest. However, the Dodgers haven’t won a series recently, while Milwaukee have been cleaning up.

Based off the different way both teams appear to approach the opening fixture of the series, I’m backing the LA Dodgers to go all out and win this game. Milwaukee might well be content to use it as a method of feeling out the opposition. Meanwhile, the Dodgers will win a high-scoring match featuring at least 10 runs.
Best Bet: Dodgers Winner @-161.29 at BetMGM - 1 Unit
Best Bet: Over 9.5 Total Runs @200.00 at Caesars (Sport) - 1 Unit
Value Bet: Over 6.5 Dodgers Total Runs @240.00 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit

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