2018 National League Playoff Predictions

National League Division PreviewColorado Rockies (91-72) at Milwaukee Brewers (96-67)

Game 1: Rockies: Senzatela (6-6, 4.38 ERA) at Brewers Undecided

Game 2: Rockies: Undecided at Brewers: Chacin (15-8, 3.50 ERA)

Game 3-5: Undecided

Runs Scored: Rockies 780 (7th in MLB)  Brewers 754 (12th in MLB)

Team ERA: Rockies 4.33 (20th in MLB)  Brewers 3.73 (5th in MLB)

Season Series: Milwaukee won 5-2

Record against teams with a winning record: Milwaukee 44-34, Colorado 54-39

Both teams come into this series hot. Both the Brewers and Rockies are 10-2 in their last 12 games overall.  Kyle Freeland most likely will not be able to start until Game Four for the Brewers after facing the Cubs in the National League Wild Card game.

I expect a good series that can go either way, but I give the Brewers and their bullpen the advantage in this one:

My Prediction: Brewers in 5 Games

 

 

 National League Division PreviewAtlanta Braves (90-72) vs Los Angeles Dodgers (92-71)

Game 1: Braves: Foltynewicz (13-10, 2.85 ERA) at Dodgers: Ryu (7-3, 1.97 ERA)

Game 2: Braves: Sanchez (7-6, 2.83 ERA) at Dodgers; Kershaw (9-5, 2.73 ERA ERA)

Game 3-5: Undecided

Runs Scored: Dodgers 804  (5th in MLB)  Braves 759  (10th in MLB)

Team ERA: Dodgers 3.38 (2nd in MLB)  Braves 3.75 (7th in MLB)

Record against winning teams: Braves 46-39, Dodgers 53-38

Season Series: Dodgers won 5-2

I wouldn’t take the Dodgers at the -235 series price as an official bet as anything can happen in the playoffs. Overall I have to side with the more experienced, red hot Dodgers.

The Braves are dangerous, but lack postseason experience, or a reliable bullpen.

My Prediction: Dodgers in 4 Games

 

NLCS Prediction: Brewers defeat the Dodgers in 7 games

 

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