Dodgers Pack Brooms as NLDS Shifts East to Atlanta

Saturday, October 6, 2018 2:50 PM UTC

Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 2:50 PM UTC

Yet to score a run in the first two games of the NLDS, the Braves head home to Atlanta hoping to avoid the Dodgers brooms on Sunday night.

2018 MLB Record: 87-88-1 (+7.55 units, 1 pending)

LA Dodgers (94-71 SU, 77-79 O/U) at Atlanta (90-74 SU, 77-80 O/U)Sunday, 8:07 p.m. ET (FS1)Free MLB Pick: Dodgers RLBest Line Offered: Heritage

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Their backs to the wall and facing elimination from their first postseason series in five years, the Braves head home to Atlanta hoping to chop their way back into the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Atlanta is expected to send Kevin Gausman (10-11, 3.92) to the bump in the first playoff game ever played at SunTrust Park. Tasked with following the efforts turned in by Hyun-jin Ryu, Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles bullpen in the first two games of the series, rookie Walker Buehler (8-5, 2.62) will take the mound for the Dodgers.

Can Braves’ Batters Wake Up From Postseason Slumber?

Buehler was magnificent in pitching LA to the NL West title this past Monday over the Rockies in the tiebreaker, working into the seventh and allowing just one hit in the 5-2 final as -175 chalk at BetOnline. He was almost as good in his lone career appearance vs, the Braves back in June, tossing 2-hit, 1-run baseball into the sixth of a 7-3 victory at home. Atlanta went 7-3 behind Gausman – a perfect 5-0 at home – after acquiring him from Baltimore in a deadline deal, the former LSU star pitching to a sub-3.00 ERA over nearly 60 innings. It’s his first postseason appearance, and just the second time Gausman has seen the Dodgers following a no-decision in a 2016 interleague start.

Los Angeles has spread the wealth on offense in the first two games of this set, five different batters going deep including Max Muncy who reached base in all four of his plate appearances in the series opener. Atlanta is batting less than a buck-fifty so far, and Kurt Suzuki is the only hitter in the lineup who has ever recorded a hit off Buehler.

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When baseball is life.

— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 6, 2018

To Broom, Or Not To Broom, That Is The Question

Working his 22nd playoff series, crew chief Gary Cederstrom will call balls and strikes for the 12th time in a postseason game on Sunday. The North Dakota native was dead level in the regular season with a 15-15-1 O/U/P record in his plate assignments, two of his last three playoff games behind the dish failing to reach the totals on baseball odds boards. This will be his first time to work the plate in a Dodgers game this season, his only Braves action coming in an August start by Gausman at the Mets, that contest an easy ‘under’ winner.

There’s nothing in the weather forecast to worry about (clear, upper-70s, light ESE breeze), which is more than I can say for the concerns Braves manager Brian Snitker has for his offense. Maybe some of those bats come alive and are energized by the home crowd, but I believe the force is too strong with the Dodgers right now and will go their direction for my free MLB pick with a run-line play.

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