Ranking NLDS opponents Dodgers should want to face
By Jason Reed
1. Milwaukee Brewers
The Milwaukee Brewers currently are not a playoff team in the National League, but that can quickly change. Milwaukee is two games behind the San Diego Padres for the final Wild Card spot and 3.5 games behind the Phillies for the next one.
Milwaukee would have to get hot and surpass both the Phillies and Padres to become the fifth seed in the National League. While it might be the most unrealistic of the bunch, it’s definitely still possible with how crazy these final weeks can be.
There are some things about the Brewers that do seem daunting. Corbin Burnes in a bonafide ace and Brandon Woodruff is one of the best No. 2 starters in the sport. That being said, the Dodgers have had success against both of those pitchers … and the Milwaukee offense is horrible.
The Brewers have just one hitter in their lineup that has over an .800 OPS this season: Hunter Renfroe. None of their hitters are outright bad (they all have an OPS+ over 100), but there isn’t that dynamic bat that changes things in a playoff series.
The Brewers and Dodgers just played seven games against each other in August and LA won four of the seven. Milwaukee won one of those games via a Craig Kimbrel blown save, and he’s going to have a much shorter leash in October.
Again, anything can happen in the playoffs and the Brewers could suddenly be that red-hot team that makes a World Series run. However, it’s going to be an absolute battle for them to potentially beat either the Mets or Braves in the first round. By the time they get to the Dodgers, their pitching staff will be spent and they’ll be heavily overmatched