The Los Angeles Dodgers will be in Atlanta this weekend to start a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves. Los Angeles is led by Julio Urias, while Atlanta is led by Ian Anderson. Let’s take a look at this matchup and see if you can find any value in the underdog Los Angeles team. The Dodgers have won two of the last three meetings between these two teams, and will have the home field advantage in this series.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have a solid pitching staff. They have the best team ERA (2.93) and are ranked second in WHIP (1.08) and BAA (.215), two key metrics in this series. For Atlanta, they’re led by right-hander Ian Anderson, who is slated to start Game 6. His ERA is currently 4.35, and his WHIP is at 1.39. He has a solid track record, and metrics suggest he’s on the rebound.
After the first two games, the Dodgers and Braves were even. Los Angeles won Game 2 in the NLCS, while Atlanta won Game 3 against the Miami Marlins. This is an exciting series for baseball fans, and you’ll want to watch this game on Sunday night.
The rematch between the Dodgers and Braves will be the fifth postseason matchup between these two teams. The Dodgers won Game 5 of the NLDS in 2013, and Atlanta won in three games in the NLDS in 1996. The two teams previously met in a best-of-three National League tiebreaker in 1959. That game was played in Milwaukee, and counted as a regular season game, though the Dodgers won four of the six regular season games.
The top of the seventh inning starts with two outs. The Dodgers are up one run, and the Braves are down three. After the top of the seventh, the game is tied at two. In the bottom of the eighth inning, the Braves are down one run. They’ll need three more runs to win the series. However, their bullpen is shaky and need help.
In the fifth inning, the Dodgers have the advantage. In the top of the fifth, the Dodgers put together five hits in eight at-bats. In the bottom of the inning, Atlanta gets one run on a single. The Dodgers use three walks, one of which is by Freddie Freeman.