The MLB is back in action today as the Atlanta Braves will clash with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
This is Game 1 of the National League Championship Series coming to you from Globe Life Field in Arlington Monday night. Atlanta advanced as they swept the Marlins in their NL Division Series, capped by a 7-0 victory on Thursday. Los Angeles punched their ticket to the NLCS by sweeping the Padres as they took a 12-3 win in the Game 3 of that set Thursday night.
Atlanta Braves Form
The Braves were one of the two best offensive teams in the regular part of the season. Moreover, their pitching has significantly improved during the playoffs and that was one of the key aspects in their game.
After all, the Braves became the first team since the 1905 New York Giants to record four shutouts in their first five postseason games.
Ian Anderson is on the mound for his third postseason start after a total of regular-season starts for the Braves. He was 3-2 with a 1.95 ERA, a 1.082 WHIP, 14 walks and 41 strikeouts over 32.1 innings of work on the year. In the postseason, he is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA, a 0.69 WHIP, three walks and 17 strikeouts over 11.2 innings of work.
Therefore, it will be interesting to see how he will fare against a top team like the Dodgers.
Los Angeles Dodgers Form
The Dodgers trashed the Padres in their NL Division Series as they won three games by a combined 23-9 margin. And now, this L. A team will be looking to earn their first World Series crown since 1988 despite all their recent success. Yet, it seems that this season, the Dodgers have a real chance to reach the top.
Clayton Kershaw gets the nod for his third postseason start for the Dodgers after he made 10 regular season starts. He was 6-2 with a 2.16 ERA, a 0.84 WHIP, eight walks and 62 strikeouts over 54.1 innings of work in the regular season. During the postseason, Kershaw is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA, a 0.714 WHIP, one walk and 19 strikeouts over 14 innings of action.
This will be an interesting game as it will be played in front of real fans.
Both sides have talented lineups but Kershaw has the experience and is the crafty veteran that has familiarity with the Atlanta lineup. Also, I expect that the Dodgers will have a slight edge here as Anderson has his struggles in the later stages of his outing.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers 10/11/2020 is: Los Angeles Dodgers -145 (Moneyline)
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