Los Angeles Dodgers vs Atlanta Braves MLB NLCS Picks, Odds, Predictions 10/18/20
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Atlanta Braves (43-27) at Los Angeles Dodgers (50-20)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 8:15 pm (Globe Life Field)
Ian Anderson (5-2) (1.31) vs. TBD
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -125 / Atlanta Braves +115 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers meet Sunday in game seven of the NLCS at Globe Life Field.
The Atlanta Braves will advance to their first World Series since 1999 with a victory here. The Atlanta Braves have lost three of their last four games and a lot of it has to do with an offense that’s scored three or less runs in all three losses. The Braves have been an offensive machine throughout the season and these playoffs, and they need the hot bats to close the deal on this series. Ozzie Albies leads the Braves with 13 hits and four RBI while Freddie Freeman and Marcell Ozuna have combined for 24 hits and 17 RBI. Ian Anderson gets the ball for the Braves, and he was 3-2 this season with a 1.95 ERA and 41 strikeouts this season. Anderson is 2-0 with a 0.00 ER and 22 strikeouts in his postseason career.
The Los Angeles Dodgers will make their third World Series in the last four years with a victory here. The Los Angeles Dodgers have outscored the Braves 10-4 in the last two games, and they’re now 7-0 in this postseason when allowing less than five runs. The Dodgers were the most balanced team in baseball all season long and it kind of feels like they’ve found their rhythm again over these last two days. Corey Seager leads the Dodgers with 14 hits and 15 RBI while Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger have combined for 22 hits and 14 RBI. The Los Angeles Dodgers didn’t announce a starting pitcher at the time this article was published.
The Braves are 6-20 in the last 26 meetings in Los Angeles and 16-35 in the last 51 meetings. The over is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Anderson was terrific all season long and he's been even better in the postseason through 15.2 innings where he's given up six hits and zero runs. Of course, that includes four innings in game two where Anderson held the Dodgers to zero runs and one hit through four innings while striking out five. The Braves have to love their chances of ending the rough and making their first World Series in over two decades. However, the Dodgers were the best team in baseball across the board this year and it almost feels like the Braves let them off the hook. When you have a chance to end a series against a great team like the Dodgers, you do it. You allow things to drag out and you usually pay. I'm assuming Kershaw will get the ball here.
Either way, I lean Dodgers winning game seven and making their third World Series in the last four years.