Well that escalated quickly. Much in the spirit of our favorite anchorman Ron Burgundy. The Los Angeles Dodgers scored 11 runs in the first inning of Game 3 of the NLCS which is a Major League Playoff record for most runs scored in an inning. Four teams have scored 10 in one inning including last year when the St. Louis Cardinals scored 10 runs in the first inning of Game 5 of the NLDS against these very Braves.
The Dodgers starter Julio Urías usually gives up most his runs in the first inning, giving up half of his runs this season in that frame. But the script completely flipped as Braves starter Kyle Wright couldn't get out of the inning only pitching 2/3 of an inning. His ERA is up to 94.50 after giving up seven runs in that time. His relief didn't fare much better. Lefty reliever Grant Dayton went two innings but gave up another eight runs to raise his ERA to 36.00. Thankfully no other relievers surrendered any more runs and the game ended in a resounding 15-3 win for the Dodgers.
Los Angeles nearly completed a comeback in Game 2 and you could tell that not finishing the job and tying up this series irked the Dodgers. They weren't going to let their successful season slip away with the best record in the NL, so easily. It doesn't get any easier for the Braves in Game 4 as Clayton Kershaw takes the mound.
What TV Channel is Dodgers-Braves on?
Dodgers-Braves will be shown on FOX at 8:08 p.m. ET. You can live stream MLB Playoff Games on fuboTV.
How to Watch Braves-Dodgers
When: Thursday, October 15
Where: Globe Life Field - Arlington, TX
Time: 8:08 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch MLB Playoffs free with fuboTV)
Any other year, the casual fan might suggest that Kershaw is a hall-of-famer but he just can't get it done in the playoffs. In almost any other year, that fan would mostly be correct. But this year is something different entirely. Kershaw hasn't only been good this postseason; he's been dominant. He has won both of his starts against the Milwaukee Brewers and San Diego Padres in resounding fashion with a 1.93 ERA. Besides a shaky sixth inning against the Pads where he gave up homers to Manny Machado and Eric Hosmer, he has been in complete control of the strike zone with that devastating curve he can throw in any count.
Kershaw was supposed to start Game 2 but was scratched because of back spasms and was replaced with rookie Tony Gonsolin. It's arguable that if Kershaw started that game, the Dodgers could easily be up 2-1 in the series. With this team's greatest sense of stability on the mound, the Dodgers have a very good chance of evening this series. Just this time two days ago, seemed very doubtful.
For the Braves to avoid that, they are going to have to get a decent start from Bryse Wilson after their bullpen was heavily used in Game 3. The problem with that Wilson has only lasted past the fifth inning in his young career once. He has a career ERA close to six but has improved this year with an ERA of 4.02. He's only pitched in 15.2 innings this season and it may be too much to ask for him to not match Kershaw but give the Braves a fighting chance after the onslaught of runs yesterday. The Braves potent bats will have to step up and make Kershaw look like the playoff pitcher of old if their going to avoid letting the Dodgers tie this series.
Dodgers-Braves Betting Odds
Dodgers Odds: -1.5
Braves Odds: +1.5
Money Line: Dodgers -220 - Braves +190