The Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-2 in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series (NLCS) on Friday to even the series 3-3 and force a winner take all Game 7 on Saturday with the winner moving on to face the Boston Red Sox in the 2018 World Series.
Since the Brewers had a fairly easy win in Game 6, its bullpen mainly Josh Hader has had time to rest after not being used. Hader will pitch at some point for sure in Game 7 without having pitched since Tuesday.
Hader has pitched on three day’s rest 17 times and has allowed an OPS by opponents of just .377.
Hader will likely pitch for more than one inning as he threw three innings of shutout baseball in Game 1 versus the Dodgers.
The Dodgers pen is ready as well as none of the top three relievers, including closer Kenley Jansen were used in Game 6. Clayton Kershaw will have had two days rest since his Game 5 gem and is known for short-rest appearances during the postseason.
Milwaukee will send Jhoulys Chacin to the mound for Game 7 and the right-hander has not allowed a run during the postseason pitching five shutout innings in Game 2 of the NLDS and in Game 3 versus the Dodgers pitched 5 1/3 shutout innings.
Dodgers’ starter Walker Buehler has not been as successful this postseason. The rookie right-hander in two postseason starts has an ERA of 6.75 in 12 innings allowing two home runs.
Both teams have had success against right-handers and both starters on Saturday are righties. The Brewers were No. 3 in the NL with .749 OPS versus right-handed pitchers, while the Dodgers were No. 1 in the NL at .796 OPS against right-handers.
During the season and the NLCS through six games, the Dodgers are 7-6 against Milwaukee and hold a run-scoring advantage over those same 13 games of 66-48, but 16 of the runs in that margin were during an August 2 blowout by the Dodgers of 21-5 over Milwaukee.
The home team (Milwaukee) is 11-5 in Game 7s of LCS all-time, so the Brewers hold that big advantage. Overall in Major League Baseball, the home team wins approximately 54% of the time.
The Brewers love playing at home with a 55-31 record, including the playoffs, at Miller Park this season. However, the Dodgers have fared well on the road going 49-37 away from home during the regular season and through the playoffs to date.