|ATLANTA ( MORTON )|
LA DODGERS ( BUEHLER )
|NATIONAL League Playoffs - LCS - Best Of 7 - Game 3|
|913||ATLANTA||+175||Ov 7.5,-115||+165||Ov 7,-120|
|914||LA DODGERS||-185||Un 7.5,-105||-175||Un 7,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||68-55||+0.5||52-66||4.6||0.239||0.308||0.427||0.735||4.0||0.237||0.307||0.394||0.701|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5.6||2-5||3.6||0.238||0.292||0.377||0.668||1.7||0.188||0.256||0.275||0.532|
|vs Right-handed Starters||77-44||+4.2||55-59||5.0||0.240||0.318||0.411||0.729||3.4||0.211||0.276||0.344||0.619|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.8||3-4||3.4||0.234||0.300||0.353||0.653||2.6||0.200||0.227||0.316||0.543|
|10/8/2021||MORTON(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||BURNES(R)||1-2||L||145||7 un||U||4||5||0||5||5||0|
|10/9/2021||FRIED(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||WOODRUFF(R)||3-0||W||105||7 ov||U||7||7||0||6||8||0|
|10/16/2021||FRIED(L)||LA DODGERS||KNEBEL(R)||3-2||W||-105||8 ov||U||6||3||0||10||7||0|
|10/17/2021||ANDERSON(R)||LA DODGERS||SCHERZER(R)||5-4||W||+155||7.5 ov||O||10||6||0||4||10||0|
|10/19/2021||MORTON(R)||@ LA DODGERS||BUEHLER(R)|| |
|10/20/2021||YNOA(R)||@ LA DODGERS||URIAS(L)|| |
|10/21/2021||FRIED(L)||@ LA DODGERS||KNEBEL(R)|| |
|10/23/2021||ANDERSON(R)||LA DODGERS||SCHERZER(R)|| |
|10/24/2021||MORTON(R)||LA DODGERS||BUEHLER(R)|| |
|10/6/2021||SCHERZER(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||3-1||W||-225||7 ov||U||7||7||1||5||11||0|
|10/8/2021||BUEHLER(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||WEBB(R)||0-4||L||-115||7 ov||U||5||5||0||7||3||2|
|10/9/2021||URIAS(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||GAUSMAN(R)||9-2||W||-120||7.5 un||O||11||6||0||6||5||0|
|10/11/2021||SCHERZER(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||WOOD(L)||0-1||L||-190||7.5 un||U||5||7||0||3||3||0|
|10/12/2021||BUEHLER(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||DESCLAFANI(R)||7-2||W||-175||7.5 ov||O||12||11||0||7||7||1|
|10/14/2021||KNEBEL(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||WEBB(R)||2-1||W||100||7 un||U||8||7||1||6||6||0|
|10/16/2021||KNEBEL(R)||@ ATLANTA||FRIED(L)||2-3||L||-105||8 ov||U||10||7||0||6||3||0|
|10/17/2021||SCHERZER(R)||@ ATLANTA||ANDERSON(R)||4-5||L||-165||7.5 ov||O||4||10||0||10||6||0|
|10/23/2021||SCHERZER(R)||@ ATLANTA||ANDERSON(R)|| |
|10/24/2021||BUEHLER(R)||@ ATLANTA||MORTON(R)|| |
|ATLANTA: He's Here: RHP Charlie Morton, LHP Drew Smyly, RHP Carl Edwards Jr., SS Ehire Adrianza, 3B Jake Lamb, 2B Jason Kipnis, OF Guillermo Heredia, OF Phillip Ervin.
He's Outta Here: OF Nick Markakis, OF Adam Duvall, INF Charlie Culberson, RHP Mike Foltynewicz, RHP Mark Melancon, C Tyler Flowers, RHP Shane Greene, RHP Darren O'Day, RHP Jhoulys Chacin, INF Adeiny Hechavarria, LHP Cole Hamels.
Projected Lineup: CF Ronald Acu'a Jr. (.250, 14 HRs, 29 RBIs, 8 SBs), 2B Ozzie Albies (.271, 6, 19), 1B Freddie Freeman (.341, 13, 53, .462 OBP, NL MVP), LF Marcell Ozuna (.338, 18, 56, .431 OBP), C Travis d'Arnaud (.321, 9, 34), 3B Austin Riley (.239, 8, 27), SS Dansby Swanson (.274, 10, 35), CF Cristian Pache (.278, 11, 53 with Double-A Mississippi in 2019).
Rotation: LH Max Fried (7-0, 2.25 ERA), RH Charlie Morton (2-2, 4.74 with Rays; 3-1, 2.70 in postseason), RH Ian Anderson (3-2, 1.95), LH Drew Smyly (0-1, 3.42 with Giants), RH Kyle Wright (2-4, 5.21), RH Mike Soroka (0-1, 3.95, likely to begin season on injured list completing recovery from torn Achilles).
Key Relievers: LH Will Smith (2-2, 4.50, 7 HRs in 16 IP), RH Chris Martin (1-1, 1.00, 1 save), LH Tyler Matzek (4-3, 2.79, 43 Ks in 29 IP), LH A.J. Minter (1-1, 0.83), RH Luke Jackson (2-0, 6.84), RH Jacob Webb (0 ERs in 10 IP), RH Bryse Wilson (1-0, 4.02, 1 save).
Outlook: Even though the rest of the NL East bulked up, the Braves show no signs of slipping after winning three straight division titles. They finally won a postseason series ' two of them, in fact ' to break a drought going back to 2001. Then, the Braves came within one win of the World Series, taking a 3-1 lead in the NL Championship Series before the Dodgers rallied to win the last three games. That bitter disappointment only strengthened the Braves' resolve; this season, it's World Series or bust. Atlanta moved aggressively to bolster its thin rotation by signing veterans Morton and Smyly to one-year contracts. When Soroka (a 13-game winner and All-Star in 2019) is fully recovered, the rotation could be one of baseball's best. Fried was fifth in NL Cy Young Award balloting, while Anderson also has the makings of a future ace after a stellar rookie campaign. The hitters are a dynamic group, as well, with MVP Freeman and Ozuna providing a powerful 1-2 punch in the middle of the lineup. If Acu'a recaptures the form he showed in 2019, when he had 41 homers and 37 stolen bases, the Braves will have three of the game's most feared offensive players. The only major question mark is the bullpen, where the Braves must find a replacement for Melancon's 11 saves. No one in the current bullpen had more than one save in the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign, though Smith is a former closer for the Giants.
|LA DODGERS: He's Here: RHP Trevor Bauer, RHP Tommy Kahnle, LHP Garrett Cleavinger, RHP Corey Knebel, 3B Sheldon Neuse, RHP Gus Varland.
He's Outta Here: RHP Pedro B'ez, INF/OF Enrique Hern'ndez, LF Joc Pederson, RHP Dylan Floro, LHP Adam Kolarek, LHP Jake McGee, RHP Josh Sborz, LHP Alex Wood, OF Terrance Gore.
Projected Lineup: RF Mookie Betts (.292, 16 HRs, 39 RBIs), SS Corey Seager (.307, 15, 41), 3B Justin Turner (.307, 4, 23), CF Cody Bellinger (.239, 12, 30), C Will Smith (.289, 8, 25), 1B Max Muncy (.192, 12, 27) or Edwin R'os (.250, 8, 17), LF A.J. Pollock (.276, 16, 34) or Chris Taylor (.270, 8, 32), 2B Gavin Lux (.175, 3, 8) or Taylor.
Rotation: RH Trevor Bauer (5-4, 1.73 ERA, 100 Ks, 2 shutouts, NL Cy Young Award with Reds), RH Walker Buehler (1-0, 3.44), LH Clayton Kershaw (6-2, 2.16), LH David Price (opted out in 2020; 7-5, 4.28 in 2019 with Red Sox), LH Julio Ur'as (3-0, 3.27) or RH Dustin May (3-1, 2.57) or RH Tony Gonsolin (2-2, 2.31).
Key Relievers: RH Kenley Jansen (3-1, 3.33, 11/13 saves, 33 Ks in 24 1/3 IP), RH Brusdar Graterol (1-2, 3.09), RH Blake Treinen (3-3, 3.86), LH V'ctor Gonz'lez (3-0, 1.33), RH Joe Kelly (0-0, 1.80), RH Tommy Kahnle (underwent Tommy John surgery with Yankees), RH Corey Knebel (0-0, 6.08 with Brewers).
Outlook: The roster boasts an enviable three MVPs and three Cy Young Award winners, making the Dodgers favorites to win a ninth straight NL West title, which would extend their franchise record. They open the season April 1 at Colorado, which starts a seven-game trip. They'll celebrate their first World Series championship since 1988 in their home opener April 9 against Washington. It's likely the team will be able to allow 25% capacity, or 11,000 fans, in attendance after local restrictions are eased. Price pitches for the Dodgers for the first time after opting out last season because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The club signed Bauer just before spring training, giving Los Angeles perhaps the best rotation in baseball and bulking up the staff for a full 162-game season after last year's abbreviated 60-game campaign. Buehler, Kershaw and Bauer appear to be locks, with left-handers Price and Ur'as likely to fill out the rotation. However, Price has indicated he's willing to do whatever is needed, including working out of the bullpen. He's made 10 relief appearances in his career. The Dodgers shed some roster stalwarts in free agency, including Hern'ndez, Pederson and B'ez, and they re-signed Turner. The core offensive group returns, including Betts, Bellinger, Muncy and Seager, who was the NLCS and World Series MVP.
|Last Updated: 11/28/2021 10:55:54 PM EST|