The Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers are scheduled for first pitch at 7:10 p.m. EST. The Dodgers are in Milwaukee for a weekend series against the Brewers. They’ve played two games with two to come on Saturday and Sunday. The Brewers have been in the driver’s seat at Miller Park with a 2-1 and 3-1 win over the Dodgers.
Eric Lauer got started with a standout performance, allowing no runs across 5 innings. And then Freddy Peralta followed up with 1 hit and 1 earned run conceded in 6 innings on Saturday. The Dodgers’ offense has been performing well below expectations this season. A trip to Milwaukee hasn’t fixed what is ailing the Dodgers.
The Dodgers started off the season red-hot. They were 13-2 through their first 15 games, but they’ve regressed to 16-11 on the season. You can point to the Dodgers’ struggling offense as a catalyst for their recent problems on the diamond. They’re fortunate that the San Diego Padres haven’t been in perfect form to open the season.
It’s actually the San Francisco Giants that are leading the NL West going into Saturday. They lost last night in San Diego, 3-2, but are still up in the division by a half game with a record of 16-10. The Padres are 1.5 games out, while the Arizona Diamondbacks are within reach at 14-12 for a two-game deficit behind the Giants. The Colorado Rockies, 9-17, are the only team that is quickly fading away early in the season.
The Brewers’ pitching staff was able to hold the Dodgers to just 1 hit on Friday evening. Will Smith and A.J. Pollock had a hit, but everyone else was held off the stat sheet. That’s not acceptable for an offense making big money. If it was a one-off, then sure, but struggling at the plate is becoming a too far often common occurrence.
You can’t blame what happened the last two days in Milwaukee on the Dodgers’ pitching. Trevor Bauer was good through 8 innings with 2 earned runs conceded, and then a bullpen game for the Dodgers worked out well. Not the offense, though. Brandon Woodruff will look to keep the bats cool tonight. Dustin May will make his fifth start of the season for the Dodgers tonight. Head below for our free Dodgers vs. Brewers pick on May 1, 2021.
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Brandon Woodruff is looking to make life even more miserable for the Dodgers’ offense on Saturday evening. He is one of the more underrated pitchers that you are going to find in the major leagues. Woodruff is a model of consistency with an ERA below 4.00 in his last three seasons. His rookie campaign in 2017 was the only year that Woodruff didn’t finish with at least an ERA of 3.62.
In the shortened 2020 season, Woodruff was in good form with an ERA of 3.05 and 0.99 WHIP. He’s been a model of consistency in the Milwaukee rotation, and he’s been heating up even more in 2021. Woodruff goes into Saturday night with an ERA of 1.55 and 0.72 WHIP through 29 innings of work. Since giving up 3 earned runs in his first outing of the campaign, Woodruff has given up only 2 earned runs through 25 innings of play.
Woodruff enters tonight with an ERA of 1.00 ERA and 0.67 WHIP in his previous three outings. It’s a limited sample size, but he’s had success against the Dodgers. They’re hitting just .095 in at-bats. Corey Seager is the only player on the Dodgers to have a hit against Woodruff in his career. Dustin May should be able to hold the Brewers’ offense at bay, but if the Dodgers stink up the field again in the batter’s box, then another loss could be possible.
May has been reliable with an ERA of 2.53 and 0.94 WHIP in four starts across 21.3 innings. Like I’ve said before, May would be listed as the primary ace of a lot of rotations in the major leagues. May is coming off a strong performance versus the Padres, with just 2 hits and 1 earned run conceded through 6 innings. With the Dodgers’ offense cold at the moment, May might need to come up big. I like this one to stay UNDER the total in a 3-2 or 4-2 game.