Atlanta Braves (93-73) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (110-60)
October 19, 2021 5:08 pm EDT
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -200 / Atlanta Braves +184; Over/Under: -7.5
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The Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers meet Tuesday in MLB action for Game 3 of the NLCS from Dodger Stadium. The Braves secured a walk-off victory in the series opener, then in Sunday’s game Atlanta did it again with a big comeback win. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Atlanta had just six team hits in the Saturday opener, but still won in dramatic walk-off fashion 3-2. In the Sunday game, the Braves were down 4-2 heading into the eighth inning, but scored three unanswered runs from there in a wild 5-4 win. Starter Ian Anderson put up 3.0 innings with two earned on three hits and three walks.
For Tuesday’s game three starter role, the Braves will send out Charlie Morton. During his two postseason outings so far Morton has an 0-1 record with a 3.86 ERA and 14 Ks in 9.1 innings of work.
Over on the Dodgers’ side, they came up with 10 hits in the Saturday game one but couldn’t translate that to the scoreboard. In game two, LA had just four hits but still held a lead or tie for most of the game. Max Scherzer finished on 4.1 innings with two earned on four hits and a walk.
Starting pitcher for game three will be the Dodgers’ Walker Buehler. Over two playoffs appearances so far this year Buehler has an 0-1 record, a 3.38 ERA and nine strikeouts in 10.2 frames.
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The Braves are 5-0 in their last five playoff games and 13-3 in their last 16 after a win. Atlanta is also 4-1 in their last five Tuesday games and 9-3 in their last 12 after an off day.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers are 45-15 in their last 60 overall and 6-2 in their last eight playoff home games. LA is 45-15 in their last 60 on grass and 40-13 in their last 53 as a home favorite.
PICK: I’m going to try the Dodgers, but probably staying away. This should be a pretty fun starting pitcher matchup regardless, though. Both guys have thrown fairly well in their 2021 postseason outings but they’re both 0-1. Buehler in particular carries a career 2.50 postseason ERA and has 92 Ks in 72.0 innings. As for Morton, he’s 7-4 in his playoffs career with a 3.44 ERA and 81 Ks in 70.2 innings. I like both guys to pitch well in game three, and I think runs will be at a premium in another close, lower-scoring game.