The MLB is back in action today as the Atlanta Braves will clash with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
This is Game 1 of the National League Championship Series coming to you from Globe Life Field in Arlington Monday night. Atlanta advanced as they swept the Marlins in their NL Division Series, capped by a 7-0 victory on Thursday. Los Angeles punched their ticket to the NLCS by sweeping the Padres as they took a 12-3 win in the Game 3 of that set Thursday night.
Atlanta Braves Form
The Braves were one of the two best offensive teams in the regular part of the season. Moreover, their pitching has significantly improved during the playoffs and that was one of the key aspects in their game.
After all, the Braves became the first team since the 1905 New York Giants to record four shutouts in their first five postseason games. Now, they also managed to surprise many as they have a 2-0 lead in this series after the first two games.
For this game, Kyle Wright will get the call for the Braves for his second postseason start after making eight regular-season starts. He was 2-4 with a 5.21 ERA, a 1.553 WHIP, 24 walks and 30 strikeouts over 38 innings of work this season. In the postseason, he is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA, a 0.83 WHIP, two walks and seven strikeouts over six innings.
Los Angeles Dodgers Form
The Dodgers trashed the Padres in their NL Division Series as they won three games by a combined 23-9 margin. And now, this L. A team will be looking to earn their first World Series crown since 1988 despite all their recent success. Yet, it seems that this season, the Dodgers have a real chance to reach the top. However, they did not start well in this series. Therefore, they will need to improve in this game.
For this game, Julio Urias will get the nod for his third appearance and first start of the postseason after 11 regular-season appearances, 10 starts, for the Dodgers. He was 3-0 with a 3.27 ERA, a 1.145 WHIP, 18 walks and 45 strikeouts over 55 innings of work in the regular season. In the playoffs, Urias is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA, a 0.63 WHIP, one walk and 11 strikeouts over eight innings of work. Therefore, it will be interesting to see how he will fare in this game.
This will be an interesting game but the Dodgers needs to win this game in order to keep their hopes alive. Urias can be the key for this game and I believe that the Dodgers have a slight advantage heading into this game.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers 10/14/2020 is: Los Angeles Dodgers -145 (Moneyline)
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