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Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Prediction,
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#909 Atlanta
Braves 140
#910 Los Angeles
Dodgers -140

Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 8:15pm

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Move over, Reggie Jackson! Major League Baseball has a new Mr. October. Corey Seager hit his fifth home run of the National League Championship Series to get the scoring started for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning on Saturday in Game Six of the NLCS to lead Los Angeles to a 3-1 series-tying win over the Atlanta Braves.

Justin Turner followed Seager with a home run to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead just three batters into the game, which would be all that Los Angeles needed to send the NLCS to a decisive Game Seven on Sunday. The Dodgers added one more run to take a three-run lead after one inning, and Walker Buehler pitched six scoreless innings to get the win. Ronald Acuna, Jr had an RBI double in the seventh inning for Atlanta for their only run, while Dansby Swanson had three hits in the loss.

Braves looking for first World Series appearance since 1999

It’s been a long time since the Atlanta Braves were in position to claim baseball’s highest prize, but they will have to wait at least one more day to gain admittance to their first World Series in 21 years, where they were swept by the New York Yankees. The Braves, who have played in Milwaukee and Boston before moving to Atlanta, are facing their seventh Game Seven in their history, going 4-2 in their previous six. Their last Game Seven was in the 1996 NLCS, as they beat the St. Louis Cardinals to head to the 1996 World Series.

Freddie Freeman, who was just 1-4 in Game Six, is still batting .409 in the NLCS and .300 overall in the postseason. He has a hit in each of his last seven games. Marcell Ozuna leads the Braves in home runs in the postseason with three, while Travis d’Arnaud haS 10 RBI in the playoffs. The Braves pitching staff hasn’t pitched as well during this series as they did earlier in the playoffs. They came into this series with a playoff ERA under 1.00, but they have given up 35 runs in the six games of this series.

“We’re going to go out there and let it fly,” manager Brian Snitker said on ajc.com. “A Game Seven is another baseball game. It’s not fourth-and-one and let me get the first down. It’s a baseball game and you have to treat it as such. It’s going to be fun. We like who we have stacked up. We like who’s pitching. I think the guys will be excited and it’ll be a fun time to play in it.”

Atlanta sends their best starter of the playoffs to the mound to try and clinch the series. Ian Anderson has been incredible in his three postseason starts, giving up just six hits and zero runs in 15.2 innings, while striking out 22 batters. In his last outing, in Game Two, he gave up just one hit to the Dodgers in four innings, but walked five batters. In the regular season, Anderson was 3-2 with a 1.95 ERA in six starts.

Dodgers looking to complete series comeback

Things didn’t look good for the Los Angeles Dodgers after Thursday night’s 10-2 loss to the Braves, as they found themselves in a 3-1 hole, a position in which only 15% of teams have ever come back from in baseball history. The Dodgers aren’t just any team, however, as they won 43 games in the regular season, which translates to 116 wins over a 162-game season, which would have tied the major league record. Los Angeles is not going to go down without a fight. They have played in eight previous Game Sevens, going 4-4 in their history in Los Angeles and Brooklyn. Their last Game Seven was in the 2018 NLCS, in which they beat the Milwaukee Brewers to advance to the World Series.

Seager, who hit .307 with 15 home runs in the regular season, has been the best player in the National League in the postseason. He has a total of six home runs, 15 RBI, and four doubles. In this series alone, he is batting .375 with 11 RBI. Mookie Betts, who has hits in four of the six games in the series, has raised his batting average in the postseason to .297, while playing phenomenal defense in the outfield. Closer Kenley Jansen, who has struggled at times this season, has regained his form in this series. He has dominated the Braves in his three appearances in the NLCS, retiring all nine batters that he has faced.

"You can just see the confidence he has on the mound, attacking guys," Turner said on espn.com. "That's the Kenley Jansen I and all of us in there know and love."

The Dodgers have not announced their starter for Game Seven.

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Does it get any better than the two best teams in the league playing each other in a Game Seven? Well, we will find out on Sunday evening if it is worth all the hype. The Dodgers have been the best team in baseball all season, and despite the way that they played in the first four games, they are still the best team in baseball. Corey Seager is crushing the ball right now, while the Dodgers pitchers have given up just four runs in the last two games. On the Braves side, Anderson has been incredible, but can he handle the pressure of a Game Seven with a trip to the World Series on the line? The answer is no. He showed some chinks in the armor in his Game Two start as he walked five batters. If he is wild like that again, look for the Dodgers to jump all over him. If the game is close late, Jansen has been great closing out games for Los Angeles in the series. The Dodgers will punch their ticket to the 2020 World Series on Sunday.

Prediction: Los Angeles (-138)

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Despite, Game Six’s 3-1 score, both teams have been hitting the ball very well in this series. Four of the six games have had double digits in runs scored. Ian Anderson will fold under the pressure, and the Dodgers will get to him for some early runs. The Dodgers haven’t announced a starter yet, but they have given up 10, eight, and five runs in three of the games, while Los Angeles has games of 15 and seven in the series. These were the two best offensive teams in baseball in the regular season, and in a winner-take-all game, expect the bats to come out and put on a show on Sunday.

Prediction: Over 8

Doug Gilghrist

Doug has a Journalism degree from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. He has been a passionate sports fan, especially Pittsburgh sports, for over 40 years. In his journalistic career, Doug has covered just about every sport imaginable and is now plying his trade for us here at Winners & Whiners and StatSalt. Doug has always been fascinated by numbers, especially as they relate to sports, so writing for this website is right up his alley.

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