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The Seattle Mariners are bolstering their bullpen heading into the stretch run of the 2018 season.On Monday , the Mariners announced they acquired relief pitcher Zach Duke from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for minor league pitcher Chase De Jong and minor league infielder Ryan Costello.The veteran Duke has played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Arizona Diamondbacks, Washington Nationals, Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago White Sox and Twins throughout his career. While he began his career as a starting pitcher, he has transitioned into the bullpen.In 45 appearances this season for the Twins, he sports a solid 3.62 ERA and 1.58 WHIP with 39 strikeouts.He comes to a Mariners team that is four games behind the Houston Astros in the American League West and two games ahead of the Oakland Athletics for the second wild-card position. However, the bullpen is a middling 14th in the league in ERA Michael Saunders Jersey ,, and could use reinforcements if they are going to catch the defending champions.As for the 48-56 Twins, they donappear to be headed anywhere this season and can accelerate their rebuild with multiple minor leaguers in the return package. De Jong was ranked as the No. 28 prospect in the Mariners鈥?system this season The Los Angeles Dodgers regained a foothold in the National League Championship Series on Tuesday as they outlasted the Milwaukee Brewers in 13 innings.Now the series comes down to who can win two of the next three games, with Game 5 at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday.Each team is in need of a quality start (Wade Miley for Milwaukee and Clayton Kershawfor L.A.) in Game 5 after both their bullpens were stretched out.Thursday's rest day for the trip back to Milwaukee will be welcomed with open arms by the two clubs, with the Game 5 winner likely emerging as the favorite to advance to the World Series. NLCS ScheduleGame 5:Wednesday, October 17, at Los Angeles (5:05 p.m., FS1)Game 6:Friday, October 19, at Milwaukee (8:39 p.m. , FS1)Game 7:Saturday, October 20, at Milwaukee (9:09 p.m., FS1)**if necessaryOdds (via OddsShark)Game 5Milwaukee (+135; bet $100 to win $135)Los Angeles (-163; bet $163 to win $100)PredictionDodgers in 6The momentum boost earned from the Game 4 win at home will propel the Dodgers into the driver's seat for Game 5 as Kershaw controls the contest.In four of his last six postseason starts, Kershaw hasconceded two runs or fewer, and he's been untouchable at home in his last three playoff outings, giving up one earned run in 19 innings.Kershaw will continue his postseason form against a Brewers team that recorded two hits after the eighth inning in Game 4.The Brewers are hitting .231 in the series, and National League MVP candidate Christian Yelich only has three hits in 16 at-bats (.188).Jeff Gross/Getty ImagesThe combination of an in-form Kershaw and anunderperforming Milwaukee lineup will hand Game 5 to the Dodgers before the series shifts back to Miller Park.Based off what we've seen throughout the NLCS, the Dodgers will rely on Hyun-Jin Ryu in Game 6 to toss five or six strong innings before handing the ball over to the setup men and eventually Kenley Jansen.The simple transition from starter to bullpen is going to be helped by a few early runs, with Manny Machado once again being the catalyst.Kevork Djansezian/Getty ImagesBrewers manager Craig Counsell has shown his hand on multiple occasions Wily Peralta Jersey , and no matter how impressive one of his starters looks, he's insistent on riding his relievers to success.How smart that strategy is at the back end of a seven-game series remains to be seen, but if the Brewers are forced to use up bullpen arms for the majority of Game 5, the day off can only help so much.The performances of Kershaw and Ryu will set the tone for victories, while Machado, who has six hits in 17 at-bats, will end up as the NLCS MVP for his clutch hits in both Games 5 and 6 to send the Dodgers into their second straight World Series. Follow Joe on Twitter, JTansey90.

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