Los Angeles Dodgers vs Atlanta Braves Predictions, Odds & Picks (October 15)
- Dodgers offense suddenly red hot
- Dodgers pitching edge in game two
- How can Atlanta handle adversity?
Dodgers vs Braves Odds
|Team||Run Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||-1.5 -134||O 9 -120||-220|
|Atlanta Braves||+1.5 +112||U 9 -103||+185|
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Dodgers vs Braves Predictions and Picks
The Dodgers have all the momentum, a rested bullpen, and a first-ballot hall of fame on the mound. We like the Dodgers with the run spread.
Dodgers -1.5 -134
Betting record through 10/14/20 (45-43-1)
Dodgers are 5-2 in last seven playoff games as a favorite
Dodgers are 41-15 in their last 56 overall
Under is 5-3-1 in Dodgers last nine League Championship games
Dodgers are 0-4 in last four meetings
Braves are 7-1 in their last eight overall
Braves are 4-1 in their last five games as an underdog
Braves are 4-1 in their last five vs National League West
Under is 6-3 in Braves last nine vs NL West
Over is 14-5-1 in Braves last 20 playoff games as an underdog
Dodgers are 11-4 in their last 15 games against a team with a winning record
Under is 5-1-1 in Dodgers last seven Thursday games
How to Watch Dodgers vs Braves
|Dodgers vs Braves Information|
|What||Los Angeles Dodgers vs Atlanta Braves|
|Where||Globe Life Field, Arlington, TX|
|When||Thursday, October 15, 2020, 8:08 PM EST|
|How to Watch||FOX|
Can Dodgers Record Setting Inning Change the Series?
Atlanta barely held onto game two. Up 7-0 in the seventh, the Braves gave up seven runs in the final three innings – and allowed the tying run to get to third – before holding on for the 8-7 win. That put Atlanta up 2-0 in the series but was the first signs of the Dodgers bats waking up.
And well, they were WIDE awake in game three, as the Dodgers scored 11 (!) runs in the top of the first inning – the most in a single frame in playoff baseball history. It went single, double, out, out to set up a one-on, two-out situation before the next 10 batters reached. Double, walk, home run, home run, walk, walk, single, hit by a pitch, home run to cap the inning. Every single Dodger scored and in all, 14 batters came to the plate.
Cody Bellinger led off the second inning with a home run, so in a matter of four innings and one batter, the Dodgers scored 19 runs.
Through the first 64 innings of the postseason, the Braves had given up just six total runs.
After finishing off the 15-3 win on Wednesday night, the Dodgers remain down in the series 2-1 but have certainly grabbed all of the momentum.
Kershaw vs Wilson
Barring any setbacks, Clayton Kershaw will make his 2020 NLCS debut on Thursday. Kershaw, who was originally scheduled to start game two on Tuesday but was a late scratch due to back stiffness, appears to be good to go and is lined up to get the ball in a pivotal game four.
As we’ve mentioned before, he’s struggled in his 13 NLCS games in his career. He’s started nine times and has just a 3-5 record and a 4.61 ERA in 52.2 innings. But those numbers aside, nobody is worried when Kershaw gets the ball on the mound – he’s one of the two best pitchers of this generation hands down.
That can’t be said about Bryse Wilson, who is slated as Atlanta’s game four starter. Wilson has made just seven career starts at the big league level with varying degrees of success: a 5.91 ERA, 7.8 K per nine, and 5.27 walks per nine in 42.2 total innings over 15 appearances.
That said, he’s not unheralded, having earned a spot in Major League Baseball LB Pipeline’s top 100 prospects list in 2019.
Still: advantage Dodgers.
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How Will Braves Handle Adversity?
Atlanta was flying high in the postseason. The Braves won each of their first seven postseason games and only trailed for four innings in the first two-and-a-half series but now they’re in a dog fight – as they knew they would be if they were going to beat the World Series favorite.
The question is now, how will Atlanta respond? The Braves have been known to fold in the postseason since the turn of the century. In their first 11 postseason appearances since 2000, they made it past the NLDS just once. Even last year, in a winner-take-all game five against the Cardinals, Atlanta gave up 10 runs in the first inning and left the playoffs with a whimper.
But this Atlanta team feels different. Marcell Ozuna is one of the best power hitters in the game, Ronald Acuna Jr., Ozzie Albies and Dansby Swanson are three of the bright young players, Nick Markakis and Freddie Freeman are the veteran leaders a team needs and Travis d’Arnaud is one of the best hitting catchers in baseball.
The Braves have been counted out by many in this series since the beginning — this is a chance for them to prove they’re not afraid of anybody.
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Tony writes about baseball for WSN.com after recently graduating with his Masters from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Prior to that, Tony was a local sports reporter for MLive Media Group, based out of Jackson, Michigan where he covered everything from high school to professional sports. He graduated from Michigan State in 2015 with a degree in journalism. During his time there he covered the Michigan State football and men’s basketball teams from 2013-15 and hosted a sports radio show on WDBM 89FM.