MLB Playoff Predictions: NLCS Game 7

The NLCS between the Brewers and the Dodgers has not disappointed as the best series of the postseason. Now we are on the doorstep of Game 7. Everything is on the line for these 2 teams as the Dodgers send out Buehler to battle against Chacin of the Brewers.

Three of the 6 games so far were decided by just 1 run, including a 13 inning thriller in game 4. With the exception of Jeremy Jeffress who allowed 6 runs to score while he was on the mound, both bullpens have been spectacular throughout this series. The Dodgers bullpen has allowed just 5 runs in 26.2 innings while the Brewers, other than Jeffress, have also allowed 5 runs in their 33 innings of work.

The excellent bullpen work, means that the team with the stronger start will likely win the game. Buehler has what it takes to be great but has yet to show it this postseason, giving up 9 runs in 12 innings over his 2 starts. On the other hand, Chacin has been lights out in his 2 starts this postseason, pitching a combined 10.1 innings of shutout baseball.

 

Our Prediction:

Buehler will be pitching the game of his young career and will be shaky in the first two innings. The Brewers bats will not be able to take advantage of this as they only muster one run. Chacin will put up another strong performance before hitting a hurdle in the 5th inning, leaving it to the bullpen. Christian Yelich’s bat will finally wake up as he has a strong game, combining with Braun and Aguilar to give the Brewers the lead they need to make it to the World Series. Don’t be surprised to see Kershaw come in out of the bullpen late in the game to keep the game close, but it will be too little too late for the Dodgers as they once again fall short of the Championship.

Game 7 – Brewers win

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