Brewers embrace underdog role despite home field in NLCS

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WBAY) - 11 straight wins have the Brewers just 4 victories away from their first trip to the World Series since 1982. But, despite their success and the best record in the National League, the Crew feels overlooked.

“You look at the 4 teams left, The Red Sox, Astros, Dodgers and Brewers,” Travis Shaw said. “We are the smallest market out of the four, we are kind of the no-name out of the four, but we kind of like that role. We like that underdog mentality, we are used to it; we have been underdogs all year and won the most games in the National League.”

As you know, the Brewers gave up just 2 runs in their NLDS against the Rockies. The 2 runs given up? The fewest in any divisional series ever. But against the Dodgers, the work will be cut out for the crew.
Los Angeles led the NL in runs scores, home runs, slugging percentage, and walk rate.

“They are good,” Jeremy Jeffress said. “They are here, just like we are. But we have been playing them all year and we know what they have.”

As Craig Counsell prepares to try to manage this team to the World Series he is promising not to overthink things as it pertains to matching his bullpen against the Dodger bats.

“I thought in the World Series last year, if you watched the Dodgers and the Astros, it was kind of polar opposites,” Counsell said. “One team tried to capture the matchups, the other team threw their pitchers who were getting the most outs. I think the important thing is to get our best guys into the game, and let them get outs.”

Counsell has yet to name his Game 1 starter, but the odds-on favorite has to be Jhoulys Chacin. The Dodgers will start 3-time Cy Young winner Clayton Kershawl.