Throughout the first five games of the Championship Series in the 2020 MLB Playoffs, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros that represented the 2017 World Series are down 0-2 and 0-3 in their respective series. For the Dodgers, it didn't have to be that way. Clayton Kershaw was scratched and they had to start rookie Tony Gonsolin. He pitched about as well as you'd expect for someone making their postseason starting debut giving up five runs in four innings. The Dodgers desperately needed a lengthy start to preserve their bullpen after Game 1. They got no such luck and gave up a total of eight runs.
It didn't help that Braves rookie starter Ian Anderson didn't pitch like a rookie and he now has a 15 2/3 scoreless innings streak to start this postseason.
Turns out it wasn't enough even when the Braves were up 8-3 in the ninth. The Dodgers had an incredible rally scoring four in the ninth but ultimately came up just short falling 8-7. Even though they lost, the rally gave them some momentum back that they will desperately need being down two in this series. It's up to starter for Game 3 Julio Urías and this offense to get hot a little earlier.
What TV Channel is Dodgers-Braves on?
Dodgers-Braves will be shown on FS1 at 6:05 p.m. ET. You can live stream MLB Playoff Games on fuboTV.
How to Watch Braves-Dodgers
When: Wednesday, October 14
Where: Globe Life Field - Arlington, TX
Time: 6:05 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch MLB Playoffs free with fuboTV)
Like Gonsolin, Urías will be making his first start of the postseason in the NLCS. He pitched well during the season going 3-0 with a 3.27 ERA in 11 appearances with 10 starts. The Dodgers may need to score runs with an even greater sense of urgency with Urías. Of the 20 runs the lefty gave up in the regular season, 10 of them came in the first inning. That simply can't happen with how well the Braves are hitting if the Dodgers want any shot of coming back in this series. As for Kershaw, the earliest he will be available is Game 4. It won't matter if LA is down 0-3 by then.
For Game 3, the Dodgers are still the favorites but these Braves bats have put the series momentum squarely in Atlanta's court. The bats that are making the most noise belong to Ozzie Albies and Freddie Freeman. Both have hit home runs in each of the first two games of this series. The face of the franchise of the last decade and one of the most promising faces of the next 10 years are becoming a dynamic duo here in these playoffs.
This lineup is getting production from every spot. Dansby Swanson has six RBIs in the postseason which is the most for a shortstop in Braves history. This team went to 14 postseasons in a row in the 90s and early 2000s. How is that possible that this is just happening in 2020? Either way, Swanson has been electric. The Braves were 24-6 when scoring first in the regular season which was best in the NL and only behind the Tampa Bay Rays. This should give the Dodgers even more urgency to score in the early innings. Or this series may be over quicker than it started.
Braves-Dodgers Betting Odds
Dodgers Odds: -1.5
Braves Odds: +1.5
Money Line: Dodgers - 170 - Braves - 155