Atlanta Braves (93-74) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (111-60)
October 20, 2021 8:08 pm EDT
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -200 / Atlanta Braves +162; Over/Under: -8.5
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The Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers meet in game four of the NLCS in MLB action from Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night.
The Atlanta Braves will be out to rebound from a 6-5 loss to the Dodgers in game three in their last matchup. Adam Duvall had a pair of hits and two RBIs while Dansby Swanson, Joc Pederson and Eddie Rosario each had an RBI as well to finish off the scoring for the Braves in defeat. Austin Riley had a double and Freddie Freeman went 3 for 4 at the dish while Ozzie Albies chipped in a base hit as well to finish off Atlanta’s offense in the loss. Charlie Morton allowed two earned runs on three hits while striking out five over five innings of work, not factoring in the decision. It was Luke Jackson who was charged with the loss after Jesse Chavez gave up a three-run blast with Jackson’s runners on. The Braves did not have a starting pitcher announced at the time that this article was posted.
The Los Angeles Dodgers will look to even up the series at two and make this a best-of-three after getting on the board in the series last time out. Corey Seager opened the scoring with a two-run home run and Cody Bellinger tied the game in the 8th with a three-run home run while Mookie Betts had the game-winning RBI to cap off the scoring for the Dodgers in the win. Will Smith and Chris Taylor each had a pair of doubles while Trea Turner and A.J. Pollock each had hits as well to round out L.A.’s offense as a team in the victory. Walker Buehler allowed four runs on seven hits with three K’s in 3.2 innings of work, but it was Tony Gonsolin who got the win in relief and Kenley Jansen closed the 9th for the save. Julio Urias will start here and is 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA and 12 strikeouts this postseason.
Atlanta is 5-1 in their last 6 playoff games and 12-2 in their last 14 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 6-2-2 in their last 10 games against a left-handed starter. Los Angeles is 46-15 in their last 61 games overall and 28-11 in their last 39 games against the NL East while the over is 3-1-1 in their last 5 Wednesday games.
I get the case that could be made for the Braves here as I am a fan of this Braves team and think they could get the job done in this series. However, for game four, I think this is all Dodgers. L.A. took the series back or at least swung the momentum in their favor with that rally in game three. Julio Urias hasn’t looked like a 20-game winner in the playoffs, but I think he’s due for some redemption and I think the Braves just want to get back home for game five. Give me the Dodgers -1.5 here.