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National League Championship Series Game 1
(0-0) Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (0-0)
Date: Monday, October 12, 2020
Time: 8:08 PM ET
Venue: Globe Life Field, Arlington, TX.
Projected Pitchers: Fried (ATL), Buehler (LA)
MLB Moneyline Odds: ATL +135 // LA -145
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: ATL -160 // LA +140
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 8.5 (Under -120)
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The Braves had lost eight consecutive NLDS’ before sweeping the Marlins this year. They are back in the LCS for the first time since 2001.
They have been dominant in doing so, going a perfect 5–0 in the first two rounds of the expanded playoff format with four shutouts.
A fast start will be key to Atlanta’s success in this series. Los Angeles has an advantage in the back-end of the pitching staffs so the Braves’ aces must get the best of the Dodgers’.
Max Fried, as he has in each of the first two rounds, will start Game 1. He wasn’t his best against the Marlins but his offense picked him up. That should give him confidence going into this game.
Of course, he didn’t face the Dodgers in the regular season but in eleven starts against the NL and AL East, he didn’t once give up more than three runs (and, in fact, did this just once).
Fried is a left-hander and while his splits against righty/lefty aren’t drastic, righties do hit him better so expect Dave Roberts to sit his southpaws to begin this one.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Like Fried in Atlanta, the Dodgers’ Walker Buehler has ascended to ace status at age 26 and has started the first game in each of his team’s first two 2020 postseason series.
And like Atlanta, LA hasn’t lost yet. The Dodgers outscored the Padres by fourteen runs over their three-game sweep in the NLDS.
Buehler wasn’t great in Game 1. He allowed just two hits and one run in four innings but walked four Friars. He did, however, strike out eight to help offset his control issues.
While the Braves’ fortune lies in the start of this series with Fried/Buehler and Anderson/Kershaw, the key for the Dodgers will be in the bullpen.
Blake Treinen and Brusdar Graterol, two hard-throwing additions that weren’t with the team in 2019, have been solid in relief all season.
They combined to get eleven outs in the NLDS and allowed just one baserunner between them.
Julio Urias, who started Game 3 was great, as was Dustin May, who threw three innings in relief. Both guys have the ability to come out of the bullpen and likely will in this series.
The Dodgers didn’t even have to throw Tony Gonsolin or Ross Stripling against San Diego. That depth will play to their advantage in a seven-game series against a more formidable opponent.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Over is 6-1-3 in ATL last 10 Mon. games.
- ATL are 11-4 in their last 15 road games.
- ATL are 3-8 in their last 11 playoff road games.
- Under is 15-4-2 in LAD last 21 playoff home games.
- LAD are 41-13 in their last 54 overall.
- LAD are 41-13 in their last 54 games on grass.
- Head to Head: ATL are 16-35 in the last 51 meetings.
Free Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers MLB Prediction: Braves.
I see Game 1 as a coin flip. The Braves must start fast, while the Dodgers may not carry that same sense of urgency into Monday’s opener.
So what appeals to me here is the price. Atlanta can matchup with the Dodgers, at least when Fried and Anderson start. So play Atlanta at that price and take your chances of cashing significant plus-money.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Atlanta +135
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