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The Los Angeles Dodgers evened their National League Championship Series with the Milwaukee Brewers at two games apiece with a 2-1 Joey Votto Jersey , 13-inning win on Tuesday night.The Dodgers and Brewers have a short turnaround following that five-hour marathonas they play Game 5 on Wednesday.Here's a look at some pertinent information for the game as well as a quick preview and pick.Game 5 InformationDay and Time: Wednesday, 5:05 p.m. ET on FS1Live Stream: Fox Sports GoTicket Info: Tickets can be purchased throughStubHub. Preview and PickAce left-hander Clayton Kershaw will get the ball for L.A. as he looks to avenge a rough start (three innings, six hits, four earned runs) in a Game 1 NLCS loss. Kershaw needed 74 pitches to get through his three frames, which included a home run to Brewer pitcher Brandon Woodruff.Despite the rough outing, Kershaw is still one of MLB's best pitchers. He threw eight shutout innings against the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS and had a 2.73 ERA on the year.Some may point to his4.26 playoff ERA as evidence that he's not nearly as good in the postseason. That may be true, but whether it's simply a coincidence or a legitimateproblem is hard to tell.The bigger issue is that Kershaw's usual dominance has taken a hit. Per FanGraphs, Kershaw had never been hit harder than 28.9 percent of the time (2013) until 2018, when batters managed hard contact on 36.1 percent of occasions. That's an 8.7 percent increase from last season.Furthermore, Kershaw isn't inducing nearly as many swings and misses: His strikeout rate (23.9 percent) is its lowest since 2008, and his swinging strike rate (11.0 percent) is his lowest since 2010. Furthermore, batters are making contact on 78.5 percent of his pitches, which matches a career-high.Decreased velocity on his fastball may be a culprit. Kershaw threw around a 93 mph fastball for most of his career http://www.redsfanproshop.com/authentic-brandon-finnegan-jersey , but his velocity has dipped to 90.9 mph this season. FanGraphs actually marked him with -3.4 fastball runs below average.Kershaw isn't the same pitcher we're used to seeing, but we're talking about the best in the game over the past 10 years. His 2018 work would be welcome on any pitching staff, where he'd be the ace on almost every club.The Brewers send out left-hander Wade Miley, who is pitching on just three days rest. Miley has been effective in two playoff starts, tossing 10.1 innings of shutout ball.However, the pressure is on Miley to provide length on Wednesday. The Brewers turned to seven different pitchers on Tuesday night, and a couple of their top bullpen arms (notably Corey Knebel and Josh Hader) were used.Hader has now pitched seven innings in 13 days and 4.2 frames over his last five days. He also threw 20 pitches Tuesday night, so Hader may not be available for more than an inning.Knebel could be out entirely. He's thrown 7.2 innings in 13 days and 4.2 frames over the last five days. He's pitched in all four NLCS contests and thrown 68 pitches (including 18 Tuesday).The team did save right-hander Jeremy Jeffress, who went 8-1 with a 1.29 ERA and struck out 89 batters in 76.2 innings. He could be called on to pitch two full innings Wednesday night.The Brewers' problem is that Miley has thrown six full frames in just 15 of his last 50 regular-season starts.Miley might shut down L.A. yet again for some time, but if he gets hit hard early, the already taxed Brewer bullpen has to find a way.Given that Kershaw is on the mound and is a better candidate to ease the burdens of his own team's tired relief staff, the pick is for the Dodgers to win Game 5 and head back to Milwaukee with a 3-2 series lead.Pick: Dodgers 6, Brewers 3 Despite reports of tension with his bosses at Rogers Communication and rumors that he was looking at taking a job with the New York Mets organization Reggie Sanders Jersey , Toronto Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro vowed that he's staying where he is.Talking to reporters on Friday, Shapiro denied the reports that there's heat between he and the higher ups at Rogers, and made it clear he wants to stick with the Blue Jays as he wraps up his third year as Toronto's president and CEO."I feel as, if not more, excited to be here than the day I chose to come here about three years ago..the city and the country and what that鈥檚 meant to me personally and my family being here," Shapiro said, via Sportsnet's Shi Davidi.advertising"It鈥檚 been an exceptional place to be. And then for the potential of the franchise...This is where I want to be, this is where I am, this is what I鈥檓 focused on, and really don鈥檛 need to think of anything else." Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsJoel Sherman of the New York Post reported Tuesday that some executives mentioned Shapiro as a potential option to become the Mets' next GM. Sandy Alderson took a leave of absence as he deals with cancer, and isn't expected to resume his duties.Per Davidi, Shapiro said he doesn't "know where those reports come from," and emphasized that he's "received nothing but strong support Johnny Bench Jersey ," suggesting there is no tension with Rogers ownership. Bob McCown of Sportsnet 650 was the first who reported possible heat between the two parties last month.advertisingShapiro took over as Blue Jays president and CEO in 2015, inheriting an ALCS team built by former GM, Alex Anthopolous. The Blue Jays are heading for a second consecutive losing season, and much of the blame has been directed towards Shapiro and GM Ross Atkins.However, the duo have built Toronto's farm system up significantly (ranked third by Baseball America). Top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will be playing in 2019, and Bo Bichette, Anthony Alford and Danny Jansen are among the prospects that could have full-time jobs next season.It'd be unorthodox for a team president to leave after just three years, especially with a bright future ahead. Judging by his statements on Friday, Shapiro seems committed to overseeing Toronto's rebuild for the long-term.advertising