Dodgers Look to Even NLCS Against Braves

After a grueling five game series against the San Francisco Giants, and all the celebrations that happened afterwards, the Los Angeles Dodgers flew across the country to Atlanta to take on the Braves in Game 1 of the NLCS.

And, they kind of played like it.

The opener, Corey Knebel did not escape the first inning unscathed. There was an atypical running mistake by Chris Taylor, that might’ve lead to the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth. There was the actual go-ahead run allowed by Blake Treinen in the bottom of the ninth. Tony Gonsolin was unable to give any real length in his bulk relief roll. And the overall lethargy of the offense was there again.

Still, for all that happened leading up to the game, and the Dodgers having to roll out a bullpen game to open the series, it wasn’t all bad. The Dodgers actually scored in the first game of this series, unlike San Francisco. Cody Bellinger once again had a pinch hit off the bench that should’ve lead to a ninth inning rally if not for Taylor’s Tootblan. Kenley Jansen continues to look terrific in relief. Mookie Betts continues to hit, and Trea Turner finally collected two hits in a game this postseason.

Sunday the Dodgers will look to even the series at one a piece by sending Max Scherzer to the mound and switching up their lineup. Los Angeles will be facing a right hander in Ian Anderson, so Albert Pujols will be back to the bench and Bellinger will be at first base. Gavin Lux will be staring in center, and Taylor at third base.

Los Angeles Dodgers starting lineup for October 17th

Justin Turner will be on the bench to start the game also. Manager Dave Roberts said that JT is dealing with a stinger on the right side of his neck. He first felt it yesterday in batting practice, and can’t turn his head to the right. This might also give Turner time to regroup, as he has uncharacteristically gone just 3-for-28 so far at the plate this postseason.

This neck issue will bring to a halt the 77 game streak of JT starting in a Dodgers postseason game, going all the way back to Game 4 of the 2014 NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals. He played through it in Saturday night’s game, but woke up feeling similar Sunday morning. Roberts said “I don’t think it’s right to put him in that spot” of being back in the lineup. He is expected to start Game 3 back in Los Angeles.

For their part, the Braves will send out the same lineup from Saturday night to face Scherzer.

Atlanta Braves starting lineup for October 17th

The offense will have to do better than go 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position if they hope to win Sunday night’s contest. Hopefully they are more rested and ready to retake home field advantage heading back to Dodger Stadium.

News and Notes Ahead of NLDS Game 3

After splitting the first two games of the NLDS in San Francisco, the Los Angeles Dodgers now are set to play the first of two games at home against the Giants. And if they have it their way, they will win them both, not have to go back to San Francisco, and move on the NLCS.

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Will Dodgers’ Outfield Hold Up for 2021 Postseason?

Despite several lingering injury concerns, the Los Angeles Dodgers remain in striking distance to capture a ninth-straight National League West division crown. With 11 games left on the regular-season schedule, Los Angeles trails the San Francisco Giants by just one full game heading into Wednesday’s action.

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How Should Dodgers Handle Struggling Cody Bellinger?

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As the Dodgers continue to get healthier and rosters will expand soon, that means fewer AB for some players. 2019 National League MVP Cody Bellinger could be one of them.

Bellinger hasn’t been anywhere close to his former self this season and seems to be the odd man out of the lineup right now.

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Dodgers Off Day News and Notes

In a week, the Los Angeles Dodgers have gained 2.5 games in the NL West standings. Going 9-1 over a ten game stretch and 14-4 in the month of August can do that for you.

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Who Will Have Bigger Impact on Dodgers: Trea Turner or Max Scherzer?

Two weeks ago, the Los Angeles Dodgers pulled off a huge trade, sending their top two prospects in Keibert Ruiz and Josiah Gray to the Washington Nationals in exchange for starter Max Scherzer and infielder Trea Turner.

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Dodgers Poised to Make NL West Run at Just the Right Time

The Los Angeles Dodgers have started the month of August off at 2-1, and if they want to catch the San Francisco Giants in the NL West, they’re going to have to stay at least at that pace for the rest of the month and beyond.

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Dodgers News and Notes Ahead of Showdown with San Francisco Giants

In this roller coaster of a season, the Los Angeles Dodgers are back on the top of the hill, having won eight of their last ten games. It is the right time for the Dodgers to get hot, as their three toughest series of the year are about to start.

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2021 Dodgers: Best Team Ever or Unluckiest Team Ever?

If you thought at the beginning of the season that watching the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2021 was just going to be a cake walk of a year, you would have been mistaken.

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Dodgers News and Notes: Updates on DH, Justin Turner and Nelson Cruz

Welcome to February, Los Angeles Dodgers fans. Baseball returns this month! We think.

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