Free MLB NLCS Game 3 Pick: Braves vs. Dodgers Odds
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2021 MLB NLCS Handicapping
(2-0) Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (0-2)
Date: Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Time: 2:00 PM PT
Venue: Dodger Stadium
Projected Pitchers: C. Morton vs. W. Buehler
MLB Moneyline Odds: Atlanta +150 / Los Angeles -170
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Braves +1.5 -135 / Dodgers -1.5 +115
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U 7.5
The Braves have jumped out to a 2 – 0 series lead and are now two wins away from making a World Series appearance. A thrilling game 1 win on Saturday night for Atlanta led to another 1-run victory in game 2 on Sunday night.
The Braves will send Charlie Morton to the mound for game 3 in Los Angeles and Walker Buehler will get the nod for the Dodgers. Buehler will need to come up with another gem if he hopes to keep his team in this dance because going down 0 – 3 would likely be too much to overcome. We all know that the amount of teams who have come back from 3 games down in a series is a shortlist.
The last time we saw it happen was in 2004 when the Red Sox snapped their long drought without a title coming back from 0 – 3 against the Yanks to get there.
Even though the Dodgers are the team with 110 wins, they didn’t get to start this series at home because they were a wildcard team. Dave Roberts was hoping Max Scherzer could provide a spark in game 2 but he pulled his ace after only 4 1/3 and blew through his bullpen.
Raise your hand if you have the Braves up 0 – 2 in this NLCS? Well, I did take the Braves in game 1 with plus money and you, hopefully, hit the Over I suggested in game 2.
Eddie Rosario came away with the big hit that scored the winning run in a 5 – 4 walk-off on Sunday night and his presence has been felt in both games. Rosario led off game 1 and he was put back in the 1 slot for Sunday again. He only came away with 4 hits and the game-winner so Brian Snitker looks like a genius!
Rosario had batted leadoff in only 1 game this season but his presence at the top of the order in this series has arguably been the difference. You can see his confidence and it really has the Braves in a good position to sweep the Dodgers!
Freddie Freeman? Well, luckily the team has picked him up because he must be seeing tiny golf balls right now. Freeman struck out in his last AB in the NLDS after hitting the deciding HR to advance the Braves to the NLCS. That has led to one big struggle as he struck out in his first 7 AB of the NLCS and is now 0 for 8 in the series.
However, Freeman did get a little lucky on the fly ball that advanced Danby Swanson to second on a deep enough fly ball to left field to move him up in the bottom of the 9th.
Rosario became the hero knocking in Swanson and the party in the Truist Park stands ensued! Even with Freeman and D’Arnoud completely a non-factor the offense is doing just enough to find wins.
Joc Pederson is certainly happy to be one of the big contributors to the series as he was of course a Dodger for some time. Pederson blasted a 454-foot tape-measure bomb in the 4th to tie the game 2 – 2.
Charlie Morton will take the bump for Atlanta and he has done a great job keeping the ball in the park on the road this season. Morton has only allowed 4 HR away from Truist Park despite allowing 16 as a whole over the regular season.
Morton sits with a 14 – 6 record along with an ERA of 3.34 and keeping the ball down in the zone is certainly his strength.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Not picking up a win for Max Scherzer is no shocker because he is 0 for 2 in his two attempts as a starter in the post-season. Walker Buehler will likely be asked to stay on the mound as long as possible after Dave Roberts tore through his bullpen on Sunday night.
The extra day of rest to relocate to the west coast should help but there is a ton of pressure on Buehler now being down 0 – 2 in the NLCS.
Buehler has a 16 – 4 record and is among the favorites to win the Cy Young Award, but none of that matters now. That voting has been long done and the playoffs have no impact on awards and accolades from the regular season.
Pitching at home has suited Buehler well as he has only been beaten twice in Dodger Stadium this season (11 – 2). Buehler faced the Dodgers only once this season back in August but he picked up ND hurling 7 innings in a 3 – 2 win for LA.
Justin Turner will likely be reduced to the bench with a lingering neck injury that had him out of game 2. After 77 straight post-season starts, Turner made one PH appearance in game 2 and you can see that he is being affected by this injury. They highlighted his BP session before the game during last night’s broadcast and he just looks like he is in a ton of discomfort.
Losing his bat is big and it will put that much more pressure on Mookie Betts and Corey Seager to produce.
Betts and Seager worked well in game 2 to put the Dodgers on the course giving the squad a 2 – 0 lead out of the gate. Betts singled and Seager drove a ball 400 feet into the outfield stands to get the Dodgers on the board early.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Braves are 5-0 in their last 5 playoff games.
- Braves are 8-1 in their last 9 road games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Braves are 23-9 in their last 32 road games.
- Braves are 4-1 in their last 5 Tuesday games.
- Braves are 9-3 in their last 12 games following an off day.
- Braves are 23-9 in their last 32 road games.
Free Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers MLB NLCS Game 3 Prediction:
I like the Braves because of that damn price staring me in the face! Hello, +150! Not to mention the Braves are 17 – 3 in the last 20 games…
Listen, I expect the Dodgers to come out fighting and clawing but the Braves are the better team right now even without Freddie Freeman having NO IMPACT in this series thus far. I cannot leave that value off of my card so the Braves go up 3 games to love and take a commanding lead in the 2021 NLCS.
Jerry Meals will be behind the plate calling balls and strikes in game 3.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: The Braves ML +150
The play is on the Braves and that is all I have left to say!
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