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.

Dodgers Season Depends on Offense Showing Up in Game 5 of the NLDS

“We do our best with our backs up against the wall”.

Chris Taylor said this after the Game 3 loss, and the Los Angeles Dodgers showed up in Game 4, beating the San Francisco Giants 7-2 to force a Game 5. Can that same team show up in San Francisco, or will the offense not show up at all like it didn’t in Games 1 & 3, where the Dodgers were blanked both games?

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Dodgers Looking for Backups to Step Up Big in Playoffs in Light of Injuries

Well, the 2021 Los Angeles Dodgers had a hell of a season. Unforgettable in so many different ways. 106 wasn’t quite good enough to win the NL West this year however, and so the Dodgers are now preparing themselves for a Wild Card game to decide if they’re moving on in the postseason.

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Tight Race Could Play Right into Dodgers’ Hands

For so much of the season, this writer has been complaining that the 2021 Los Angeles Dodgers don’t seem to have that spark, that come from behind mentality.

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Dodgers Need to Find a Spark, and Quickly

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“I think if you ask anyone on this team, they’ll tell you that we’ve really sucked on the offensive side”. Max Muncy, summing up what has gone on with the Los Angeles Dodgers over the last month.

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Can Dodgers Catch Giants in National League West?

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The Dodgers took two out of three games from the red hot Phillies, but it still was not enough to gain any ground in their quest for the National League West division lead. Currently, Los Angeles sits five games back from the first-place Giants.

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For the Dodgers, What a Difference a Year Makes

We are still waiting for any news of the 2021 season, and what it will look like, especially for the Los Angeles Dodgers. But exactly one year ago was when their fortunes changed for the better.

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Dodgers One Win from First World Series Championship Since 1988

The Los Angeles Dodgers are one game away from winning the World Series.

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Learning from Past Mistakes, Dodgers Are Poised to Win World Series

The Los Angeles Dodgers are going to the World Series.

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Will Smith’s Three-Run Homer Sparks Dodger Win in Game 5

A three-run homer in the top of the sixth by Dodgers’ catcher Will Smith off of Atlanta lefty reliever Will Smith sparked a 7-3 Dodger win and kept the Los Angeles season alive, forcing a Game 6 in the NLCS.

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