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Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Pick & Prediction OCT 18TH 2020

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The future of baseball will arrive Sunday when a pair of rookies come to the forefront during Game 7 of the National League Championship Series at Arlington, Texas.

Atlanta Braves right-hander Ian Anderson is scheduled to start as he gets yet another chance in the playoffs to announce his arrival.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will go with right-hander Tony Gonsolin for multiple innings at some point, although it just might not be from the outset.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts declined to name a starter for the series finale, although he did admit he would lean on Gonsolin for bulk innings at some point. Roberts essentially threw all of his ingredients on the cutting board, saying that he would even check on the availability of Clayton Kershaw for Game 7.

The Braves are aiming for their first World Series appearance since 1999, while the Dodgers are trying to get to the World Series for the third time in the past four seasons. They lost in 2017 to the Houston Astros and in 2018 to the Boston Red Sox.

The winner will take on the American League Champion Tampa Bay Rays, who won their own Game 7 Saturday night in San Diego, beating the Houston Astros, 4-2.

Sunday's Game 7 will be the culmination of a classic series that has matched the Braves' brilliant young pitching and a relentless offense, against the Dodgers' own brilliant young pitching coupled with a power display that even a pitcher's park has been unable to hold.

Corey Seager has led the Dodgers' offense with five home runs and 11 RBIs, both records for a championship series in either league. The Dodgers' power game was missing early in the playoffs, but they now have 14 home runs in the NLCS.

Two years removed from elbow and hip surgeries, Seager has delivered at a superstar level.

"All it's about is doing what you can to help your team win," Seager said. "Whether it's moving over a runner, whether it's hitting a home run, making a defensive play, being a spark in the dugout, anything can help this team get going that you are more than welcome to do."

The Braves will try to avoid dwelling on the past few days. With a chance to advance in Game 5, they led in the sixth inning before the Dodgers salvaged their season with late home runs from Will Smith and Seager.

In Game 6, they were undone by a shaky first inning from one of their best starters. Yet they continue to display confidence and Anderson is a big reason why. He had just six starts in the regular season but has delivered 15 2/3 scoreless innings in the playoffs over three outings.

"We're in a good spot," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "I like the guy we're going to pitch (Anderson), and the bullpen, everybody can pitch and is available (Sunday). We'll see what we do."

Seager thinks the Dodgers are best served by hitting the mental reset button.

"It's all about refocusing on Sunday," Seager said. "No matter what team wins (in Game 6), it doesn't matter if you don't win (Game 7). We have to focus on our stuff and we have to come (Sunday) and be ready to play a baseball game."

Said the rookie Anderson: "I'm a competitor and I think that you have to go out there and compete. Whether you punch them first or they punch you first, you have to find a way to stay in the fight and just compete as hard as you can and be willing to leave everything out there."

--Field Level Media

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Atlanta Braves

Los Angeles Dodgers

Player Position Lineup
Ian Anderson Pitcher Pitching Order: 1
Mark Melancon Pitcher Pitching Order: 6
Chris Martin Pitcher Pitching Order: 5
A.J. Minter Pitcher Pitching Order: 4
Shane Greene Pitcher Pitching Order: 3
Tyler Matzek Pitcher Pitching Order: 2
Ronald Acuna Jr. primary: Right Outfield Batting Order: 1
Batting Order slot: 1
Freddie Freeman primary: First Base Batting Order: 2
Batting Order slot: 2
Ozzie Albies primary: Second Base Batting Order: 5
Batting Order slot: 5
Dansby Swanson primary: Shortstop Batting Order: 6
Batting Order slot: 6
Marcell Ozuna primary: Designated Hitter Batting Order: 3
Batting Order slot: 3
Johan Camargo primary: Pinch Hitter
secondary: Third Base
Batting Order: 8
Batting Order slot: 8
Travis d'Arnaud primary: Catcher Batting Order: 4
Batting Order slot: 4
Cristian Pache primary: Center Outfield Batting Order: 9
Batting Order slot: 9
Austin Riley primary: Third Base
secondary: Left Outfield
Batting Order: 7
Batting Order slot: 7
Nick Markakis primary: Left Outfield Batting Order: 8
Batting Order slot: 8
Player Position Lineup
Blake Treinen Pitcher Pitching Order: 3
Tony Gonsolin Pitcher Pitching Order: 2
Dustin May Pitcher Pitching Order: 1
Julio Urias Pitcher Pitching Order: 5
Brusdar Graterol Pitcher Pitching Order: 4
Julio Urias primary: Reliever Batting Order: 7
Batting Order slot: 7
Max Muncy primary: First Base Batting Order: 4
Batting Order slot: 4
Will Smith primary: Catcher Batting Order: 5
Batting Order slot: 5
Corey Seager primary: Shortstop Batting Order: 2
Batting Order slot: 2
Justin Turner primary: Third Base Batting Order: 3
Batting Order slot: 3
Joc Pederson primary: Designated Hitter Batting Order: 8
Batting Order slot: 8
Chris Taylor primary: Second Base
secondary: Left Outfield
Batting Order: 9
Batting Order slot: 9
Cody Bellinger primary: Center Outfield Batting Order: 6
Batting Order slot: 6
A.J. Pollock primary: Left Outfield Batting Order: 7
Batting Order slot: 7
Enrique Hernandez primary: Pinch Hitter
secondary: Second Base
Batting Order: 8
Batting Order slot: 8
Mookie Betts primary: Right Outfield Batting Order: 1
Batting Order slot: 1

Atlanta Braves

Los Angeles Dodgers

  • Match Start
    • double-play
    • fielder: Corey Seager
    • fielder: Chris Taylor
    • fielder: Max Muncy
    • double-play
    • fielder: Justin Turner
    • fielder: Will Smith
    • fielder: Justin Turner
    • fielder: Corey Seager
    • double-play
    • fielder: Ozzie Albies
    • fielder: Dansby Swanson
    • fielder: Freddie Freeman
    • extra-base-hit
    • HR
    • Inning: 2
    • On Base:0
    • Outs:0
    • batter: Dansby Swanson
    • pitcher: Tony Gonsolin
    • extra-base-hit
    • 2B
    • batter: Max Muncy
    • pitcher: Ian Anderson
    • extra-base-hit
    • HR
    • Inning: 6
    • On Base:0
    • Outs:0
    • batter: Enrique Hernandez
    • pitcher: A.J. Minter
    • extra-base-hit
    • 2B
    • batter: Chris Taylor
    • pitcher: A.J. Minter
    • extra-base-hit
    • HR
    • Inning: 7
    • On Base:0
    • Outs:2
    • batter: Cody Bellinger
    • pitcher: Chris Martin
    • extra-base-hit
    • 2B
    • batter: Mookie Betts
    • pitcher: Mark Melancon
  • Match End

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  • @LA Dodgers L 1 - 3
  • LA Dodgers L 7 - 3
  • LA Dodgers W 2 - 10
  • LA Dodgers L 15 - 3
  • @LA Dodgers W 8 - 7
  • @LA Dodgers W 5 - 1
  • @Miami W 7 - 0
  • Miami W 0 - 2
  • Miami W 5 - 9
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  • Tampa Bay W 1 - 3
  • @Tampa Bay W 4 - 2
  • @Tampa Bay L 7 - 8
  • @Tampa Bay W 6 - 2
  • Tampa Bay L 6 - 4
  • Tampa Bay W 3 - 8
  • Atlanta W 3 - 4
  • Atlanta W 1 - 3
  • @Atlanta W 7 - 3
  • @Atlanta L 2 - 10

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  • Braves @ Dodgers 5-1
  • Dodgers @ Braves 3-5
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Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Cody Bellinger hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh, one inning after pinch-hitter Enrique Hernandez tied it with his own homer, and the Los Angeles Dodgers advanced to their third World Series in the past four seasons with a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series at Arlington, Texas.

The team that led the major leagues with 118 home runs in the regular season saved two more for the clutch, finishing off an NLCS when they went deep 16 times. It helped Los Angeles to rally from a 3-1 series deficit as it won three consecutive elimination games.

Bellinger's home run deep into the seats in right field came on a 2-2 sinker from Braves right-hander Chris Martin (0-1).

The Dodgers mixed and matched their pitching staff in Game 7, using four pitchers, including two rookies, before Julio Urias (4-0) finished off the victory with three perfect innings.

Dansby Swanson hit a home run for the Braves, while rookie right-hander Ian Anderson went three innings at the outset, giving up his first runs of the postseason in four outings. The Braves were unable to reach their first World Series since 1999.

The Dodgers, who lost to the Houston Astros in the 2017 World Series before falling to the Boston Red Sox in the 2018 Series, now will take on the Tampa Bay Rays for the title in a best-of-seven series starting Tuesday at Arlington.

It was the first Game 7 of a postseason series with a pair of rookies starting, but neither lasted long. Dodgers right-hander Dustin May walked the first two batters of the game on eight pitches and gave up an RBI single to Marcell Ozuna in the opening frame, his only inning of the game.

Anderson gave up two runs on five hits, going the first 18 1/3 playoff innings of his career before giving up a run.

The Braves made it 2-0 in the second inning when Swanson hit a home run to left field off another Dodgers rookie, right-hander Tony Gonsolin.

The Dodgers got even 2-2 in the third inning on a two-run single from Will Smith, but the Braves went back on top after an RBI single from Austin Riley against Gonsolin. The Braves had runners on second and third in the fourth with nobody out, but Swanson and Riley both were thrown out in the same rundown to kill the threat.

After a pair of sparkling defensive plays earlier in the series, Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts made another in the fifth when he leaped up against the right-field wall and appeared to rob Freddie Freeman of a home run.

Hernandez's pinch-hit homer against left-hander A.J. Minter tied it in the sixth.

--Field Level Media