It has been very difficult to predict this series. All apologies if you've been betting on the favorite every night. Right when it looks like the Braves have the series all wrapped up, the Dodgers turn in a dominant performance. On the other end of the spectrum, when the Dodgers start their best pitchers like Walker Buehler and Clayton Kershaw, they have lost. Does that mean that the Dodgers will lose Game 6 as they start Buehler again? Not so fast.
First, let's start with Game 5, because it was a game chock full of anomalies. First was starter A.J. Minter. The Braves have a seemingly endless supply of bright young arms and Minter was no exception. He became the only pitcher in the history of the game to make his first career start in the postseason. No pressure right? Well if Minter was feeling anxious, he certainly didn't show it. He only went three innings but only gave up one hit and struck out seven as the Braves we're opting for a bullpen kind of day. That's where the problems started for Atlanta.
If you were wondering why the Fresh Prince was trending last night, it wasn't because of the reboot of the classic 90s sitcom. (Although we're pretty giddy about that return.) The biggest anomaly happened in the pen, when Braves reliever Will Smith gave up a homer to Dodgers catcher Will Smith. It isn't exactly the most unique name in the world but it still counted for one of the most unique circumstances in postseason history. That home run pretty much summed up the night for the Braves bullpen who were just awful, giving up all of the Braves seven runs.
What TV Channel is Braves-Dodgers on?
Braves-Dodgers will be shown on FS1 at 4:38 p.m. ET. You can live stream MLB Playoff Games on fuboTV.
How to Watch Braves-Dodgers
When: Saturday, October 17
Where: Globe Life Field - Arlington, TX
Time: 4:38 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch MLB Playoffs free with fuboTV)
The Dodgers are still very much in this series by showing that they can respond to any adversity being down so much in this series. The Houston Astros have come back to tie their series 3-3 against the Tampa Bay Rays after being down 3-0. The Dodgers are a much better team than the Astros this season and it wouldn't be a difficult stretch of the imagination to think they can pull of the same feat to at least tie this NLCS. We've seen almost everything this postseason, what's another comeback?
The Dodgers will try to accomplish that by starting their best pitcher Buehler who only gave a homer in Game 1. This is a complete rematch of Game 1 as the Braves will start Max Fried who is the Braves veteran starter with four years of MLB experience. He also only gave up a run in the opener of the NLCS. Both bullpens have not pitched well this series, so whichever lineup gets to pen first may just win this game. Will the Dodgers force a Game 7 or will the Braves reach the World Series for the first time since 1999?
Braves-Dodgers Betting Odds
Braves Odds: +1.5
Dodgers Odds: -1.5
Money Line: Braves +132 - Dodgers -142