Mookie Betts and the Dodgers try again to avoid elimination when they face Atlanta in Game 6 of the NL Championship Series.
Down 3-2, Walker Buehler starts for Los Angeles against Max Fried at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. They met in the opener and both gave up one run before Atlanta scored four times in the ninth inning for a 5-1 victory.
The Braves haven’t been to the World Series since 1999, the Dodgers haven’t won the title since 1988.
Los Angeles won 7-3 in Game 5, boosted when catcher Will Smith homered off Braves reliever Will Smith. It marked the first time since at least 1961 that a hitter homered off a pitcher with the same name, the Elias Sports Bureau said.
PITCHING PROBABLES: Atlanta: Max Fried (7-0, 2.25 ERA in regular season) Los Angeles: Walker Buehler (1-0, 3.44 ERA in regular season)
LINE: Dodgers favoured by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 8 runs
NLCS: Atlanta leads the series 3-2
BOTTOM LINE: Atlanta will look to clinch a series win with a victory over Los Angeles in Game 6 of the NLCS.
The Dodgers were 21-9 on their home turf in 2020. Los Angeles has a team slugging percentage of .443 this post-season, Corey Seager leads them with a mark of .842, including nine extra base hits and 14 RBIs.
The Braves went 16-14 on the road in 2020. Atlanta has a team batting average of .248 this post-season, Freddie Freeman has led them with an average of .306, including five extra base hits and seven RBIs.
REGULAR SEASON TOP PERFORMERS: Corey Seager leads the Dodgers with 28 extra base hits and is slugging .585.
Marcell Ozuna leads the Braves with 56 RBIs and is batting .333.
LAST 10 GAMES: Dodgers: 8-2, .276 batting average, 3.14 ERA, outscored opponents by 34 runs
Braves: 6-4, .264 batting average, 3.46 ERA, outscored opponents by 16 runs
INJURIES: Dodgers: Jimmy Nelson: (back), Caleb Ferguson: (left elbow).
Braves: Jeremy Walker: (shoulder), Mike Soroka: (achilles), Phil Pfeifer: (elbow).