The Dodgers Are a Rare Underdog Against the Brewers on Tuesday

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Ryan Pepiot #47 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Justin K. Aller/Getty Images/AFP.

After becoming the first team to reach the 80-win plateau on Monday, the Los Angeles Dodgers aim to be the first to 81 when they continue their series with the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday’s baseball betting card.

A couple of teams currently headed in opposite directions lock horns on Tuesday with some tight MLB odds in the offing, and for the first time in nearly two months, it is the Los Angeles Dodgers playing the role of underdogs in their matchup with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Milwaukee Brewers

Tuesday, August 16, 2022 – 08:10 PM EDT at American Family Field

Who Are Today's Starting Pitchers?

Los Angeles is sending a rookie out to start the second game of the series with Ryan Pepiot (1-0, 3.92) taking the ball from manager Dave Roberts.

Milwaukee’s Craig Counsell turns to Brandon Woodruff (9-3, 3.52) in hopes of evening the set.

The Series So Far

The Dodgers drew first blood in the 4-game series with the winning MLB score on Monday. Julio Urias got the 4-0 blank job going by pitching the first 5 innings for LA, with four relievers trailing him with a scoreless inning each.

Freddie Freeman and Gavin Lux each went deep to account for the bulk of the offense for the Dodgers, who won for the 33rd time in their last 39 games, while the Brewers could only scratch together four hits on the night in falling for the ninth time in their last 13 contests.

Rivalry Trends

  • This series is the first meeting of the season between the Dodgers and Brewers, with a return match in Los Angeles next week.
  • Monday’s triumph was LA’s fifth in a row over Milwaukee, with the final stopping a string of 5-straight ‘Over’ winners in the rivalry.

Pitchers Analysis

Ryan Pepiot

With Clayton Kershaw sidelined due to a back issue, Pepiot was recalled last week to take that spot in the Los Angeles rotation, and the young righthander did not impress as part of our free MLB picks in a clash with the Minnesota Twins.

Pepiot was charged with 4 runs in his 4.1 innings of work. The former Butler University star walked 3 and also surrendered a couple of home runs. Los Angeles was trailing 4-2 when Pepiot exited, but the Dodgers rallied for an 8-5 win as pronounced favorites.

He’ll be facing the Brewers for the first time in his career, and Pepiot pitched well prior to last week with a 2.76 ERA over his first four starts (16.1 IP) to go along with excellent work this season down at Triple-A where he was 8-0 with a 2.27 ERA in 13 starts and two relief outings.

Brandon Woodruff

Facing the Tampa Bay Rays at home last Wednesday, Woodruff tossed his fourth consecutive quality start only to end up with a no-decision in what eventually became a 4-3 Brewers win in extra innings as -155 chalk at Bovada (visit our Bovada Review).

Since returning from the injured list in late June due to a sprained right ankle, the former Mississippi State Bulldog has been outstanding with six quality starts in eight tries along with a 2.42 ERA while leading Milwaukee to a 5-3 record over that span.

Woodruff faced the Dodgers once last year, allowing 2 runs in 6 innings. It was a no-decision for the righthander and a 6-5 extra-inning win for the Brewers. That outing came at home in Milwaukee where Woodruff is 5-0 with a 2.38 ERA in seven assignments this season.

Who Is the Umpire Today?

David Rackley will be the umpire behind the mask calling balls and strikes in Tuesday’s tilt. The Houston native is in his 13th season working games at the major league level.

His 20 plate assignments this season have produced a flat 9-10-1 O/U/P record at top-rated sportsbooks.

Milwaukee's Roof Report

They had the lid off at American Family Field on Monday, and it should be open again Tuesday with the weatherman calling for temps in the mid-70s at first pitch, clear skies, and a 6-9 mph NE breeze (left to right).

Dodgers vs. Brewers: MLB Best Bet for Today

Los Angeles opened as a small favorite on BMR’s live odds board before overnight action swung the numbers around to Milwaukee -110. It’s the first time since June 25 that the Dodgers are on a plus-line, and Tuesday’s total is 8.

Woodruff at home on a -110 moneyline is tempting, but getting the Dodgers even money with the way they’ve been playing the past seven weeks is something I can’t pass up, even with a rookie pitcher on the mound. Los Angeles wins, 5-3.

MLB Pick: Dodgers ML (+109) at Heritage Sports (visit our Heritage Sports Review)

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