MLB: A Retrospective Of October 2020, NLWC (MIL/LAD)

(originally written October 2020)

Wild Card Round Matchups: TOR/TB  CHW/OAK  HOU/MIN  NYY/CLE  MIL/LAD  CIN/ATL  MIA/CHC  STL/SD

Division Series Matchups: NYY/TB  HOU/OAK  SD/LAD  MIA/ATL

Championship Series Matchups: HOU/TB  ATL/LAD

World Series Matchup: TB/LAD

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NL Wild Card Series: Brewers At Dodgers
NL Wild Card Series: Brewers At Dodgers

In 2020, Milwaukee edged San Francisco for the #8 seed despite being below .500 all season and getting little from former MVP Christian Yelich. The #1 seed Dodgers, simply put, were the general favorite to win the championship; they seemed to lack any real holes. Could the Brewers avenge their 2018 NLCS elimination at the Dodgers' hands?

Suter's Free Passes, Game 1
Suter's Free Passes, Game 1

Brewers SP Brent Suter, perhaps overamped in his first playoff start, walked four Dodgers in the B1st—including Will Smith and A.J. Pollock with the bases loaded. 2-0 Dodgers.

Kershaw's Masterpiece, Game 2
Kershaw's Masterpiece, Game 2

Kershaw's October difficulties are well-chronicled, but on this night he made many of the Brewers look outright silly. The Claw (pictured left) racked up 13 K and allowed a measly three hits over eight innings—even waving off a visit from his pitching coach in a way only he could. Final: Dodgers 3, Brewers 0.

NL Wild Card Series: Brewers At Dodgers
NL Wild Card Series: Brewers At Dodgers

In 2020, Milwaukee edged San Francisco for the #8 seed despite being below .500 all season and getting little from former MVP Christian Yelich. The #1 seed Dodgers, simply put, were the general favorite to win the championship; they seemed to lack any real holes. Could the Brewers avenge their 2018 NLCS elimination at the Dodgers' hands?

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