Los Angeles Dodgers (48-19) at Atlanta Braves (42-25)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 8:08 pm (Globe Life Field)
Clayton Kershaw (2-0) (1.93) vs. Bryse Wilson (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Atlanta Braves +180 / Los Angeles Dodgers -208 --- Over/Under: 9.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves meet Thursday evening in MLB National League Championship Series action from Globe Life Field.
This will be Game 4 in a best-of-seven NLCS series between the Dodgers and the Braves. Atlanta took the first two matchups 5-1 on Monday and 8-7 on Tuesday. In the Wednesday Game 3, the Dodgers made the series interesting with a huge first inning, cruising to a 15-3 win to make it 2-1 overall. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions all season.
The Dodgers were relentless in the first inning on Wednesday in Game 3, pouring in 11 runs and making Atlanta’s evening all but futile. Joc Pederson led the way with four hits and a three-run homer, while Corey Seager added three hits, three runs, three RBI and a home run. Starting pitcher Julio Urias was solid on 5.0 innings, five hits, one earned, two walks and five Ks.
In the Thursday Game 3 starting pitcher role, the Dodgers will go with Clayton Kershaw. In 10 starts this season, Kershaw went 6-2 with a 2.16 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 58.1 innings. This postseason, Kershaw is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA and 19 Ks in 14.0 frames.
Over on the Braves’ side, everything unraveled quickly for Game 3 starting pitcher Kyle Wright, as he gave up seven earned on five hits in 0.2 innings. Grant Dayton came on in relief to give up eight earned in 2.0 innings. Cristian Pache posted a solo homer in the third.
In the Game 4 starting pitcher position, Atlanta is going with Bryce Wilson. This season in six games (two starts), Wilson went 1-0 with a 4.02 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 15.2 innings. Wilson carries a career 3-1 record with a 5.91 ERA and 37 Ks in 42.2 innings.
The Dodgers are 41-15 in their last 56 overall and 41-15 in their last 56 games as a favorite. Los Angeles is 5-2 in their last seven playoff games and 10-4 in their last 14 versus a team with a winning record.
Meanwhile, Atlanta is 7-1 in their last eight overall and 5-1 in their last six Thursday games. The Braves are 4-2 in their last five versus the National League West and the under is 5-1 in their last six Thursday games.
PICK: I’m leaning toward the Dodgers to even the series here. This is looking like a bullpen game for Atlanta, and it’ll be the postseason debut for Wilson as a starter. He’s never faced the Dodgers yet, and he’s only gone six innings in one of his seven career starting opportunities. Los Angeles really needs to get the bats going early here so they can try to get to some of the Braves’ deeper arms in the pen. It’s another very important game for Los Angeles at this point, and—on paper at least—probably their best chance for a win so far in this series.