The Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers turn their attention to a pivotal Game 3 on Wednesday night in Arlington, TX. Atlanta has taken a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series putting the Dodgers in a must-win situation. The first pitch for the NLCS matchup is at 6:05 p.m. EST at Globe Life Field. The Los Angeles Dodgers open as the favorite in the tilt according to oddsmakers.
What to Know – Atlanta Braves
The Braves have yet to lose a postseason game with a sparkling 7-0 mark. What’s even more impressive is the style in which they are winning, outscoring opponents 37-13 over those seven games.
Kyle Wright makes his second postseason start for the Braves Wednesday evening. Wright’s lone outing against the Miami Marlins was a complete reversal of his regular-season showings. The right-hander tossed six innings of shutout ball, allowing just three hits and striking out seven. Over Wright’s last ten starts, the under has hit six times.
Freddie Freeman and Ozzie Albies each homered for the second time in as many days propelling the Braves to a Game 2 victory. Atlanta is averaging 5.2 runs per game in the postseason.
Atlanta enters Game 3 with a 31-35 record against the run line and 33-28-5 mark in run totals. Additionally, the Braves are 6-10 when they enter the game as an underdog.
What to Know – Los Angeles Dodgers
The Los Angeles Dodgers have their backs up against a wall and in a must-win situation on Wednesday. It was too-little, too-late Monday night after the Dodgers scored seven runs over the final three innings in the losing effort.
Julio Urias gets the start for the Dodgers in Game 3. The left-hander has thrown eight innings in the postseason, allowing no earned runs and striking out 11. Urias posted a 3-0, 3.27 ERA, 1.15 WHIP over regular-season action. His last two outings resulted in Moneyline and runline wins for Dodgers-backers.
Corey Seager smacked a 3-run home run and tacked on an RBI-double to pace the Dodgers offense in the Game 2 loss. Max Muncy added a two-run home run in the ninth inning that brought the Dodgers within two. The home runs for both where their firsts of the postseason.
The Dodgers are 40-26 this season against the run line and 29-35-2 in run totals. Los Angeles is 48-18 this season as the betting favorite.
The Pick is In
Wright looked like a different pitcher in his start against the Marlins last week, but this Dodgers offense is going to be much tougher than the hitters from Miami. Urias is a former top prospect who has looked sharp in his two outings this postseason.
The Braves batted .248 against left-handed pitching during the regular season, compared to their .273 average against right-handers. Los Angeles is 5-1 in their last six playoff games as a favorite and we expect the Dodgers to come out and take this one. Lean on the Dodgers and the over (9.5) as the two plays in this one.