Game 3 of the National League Championship series ended roughly as soon as it started when the Los Angeles Dodgers clocked an 11-point first inning for a possible 15-3 victory over Atlanta.
Atlanta still has a 2-1 best of seven series lead, but it’s no exaggeration to say that the Dodgers now have all the momentum after Wednesday’s action.
Notable players of the game
Three for Los Angeles:
- 1B Max Muncy: 2-pour-4, 2 BB, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI. His grand slam capped the Dodgers’ offensive offense in the first inning, drawing everyone’s attention to Game 4.
- SS Corey Seager: 3-pour-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI. He was a shy triple hitting for the round in the third inning, and he might have even gotten it if manager Dave Roberts hadn’t knocked him out in the fifth inning.
- SP Julio Urias: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 1 R (1 ER), 5 K. It wasn’t great, but it exceeded 100 locations for the first time in his career and did not blow a lead that started at 11 points and reached 15 points.
Three for Atlanta:
- SP Kyle Wright: 0.2 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 7 R (7 ER), 0 K. He was down after just two pitches, and he had a 94.50 ERA by the time the book on him was closed. A “More like Kyle Faux“Quip seems in order.
- Huascar Ynoa RP: 4,0 IP, 1 H, 4 BB, 0 R, 4 K. The game was already out of control when Ynoa came in third, but the innings he ate could turn out to be huge later in the series.
- CF Cristian Pache: 1 pour 4, 1 HR, 1 RBI. The 21-year-old’s third inning home circuit was the first of his major league career, and it secured him a special place in the Atlanta tradition.
Where is the NLCS located
-Atlanta leads 2-1, with the series scheduled to continue Thursday from Globe Life Field in (pending the result of Game 4 of the American League Championship Series) at 8:08 p.m. ET.
-The Dodgers must have scratched Clayton Kershaw in Game 2 on Tuesday with back spasms, but Roberts confirmed after game 3 the left-handed ace is ready for game 4 on Thursday.
-Atlanta is expected to start right-hander Bryse Wilson in Game 4. This will be his first playoff assignment and first of any kind since Atlanta’s regular season finale on September 27th.
-Game 5 will be played on Friday. If necessary, Games 6 and 7 will take place on Saturday and Sunday.
Why the Dodgers’ offensive explosion in Game 3 changes everything
The Dodgers rewrote the Major League Baseball record books when they scored 11 points in the first inning on Wednesday:
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@Dodgers 11 races are the most frequent in a single #postseason round! 😱😱😱
The Boys in Blue also rewrote their own record books at the end. Their 15 runs are the most they’ve ever scored in a postseason game, surpassing the 13 they totaled in Game 3 of the 2013 National League Division Series and Game 2 of the Series. world 1956.
Additionally, Atlanta’s loss to Los Angeles in Game 3 followed an offense that rekindled in the closing innings of Game 2. Although the Dodgers suffered an 8-7 loss that put them in a series hole 2-0, they dominated. Atlanta 7-2 in the last three innings.
It’s more like the offense that punctuated a 43-win effort in this year’s 60-game season averaging 5.82 points per game in MLB. The Dodgers also led with 118 home runs, and they’ve now hit eight in the NLCS after bringing together both rounds from the Wild Card and Division Series.
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It wasn’t the biggest surprise to see Los Angeles hitters battling Atlanta aces Max Fried and Ian Anderson in Games 1 and 2. The two combined for a 2.14 ERA in 17 starts over the season. regular, and so far have a 1.38 ERA in six playoff starts.
Still, the Atlanta starters nonetheless posted a lousy 5.51 ERA during the regular season, indicating a soft underbelly the Dodgers began to exhibit with their dominance over Wright in Game 3.
Told belly that only the numbers will get softer once Wilson takes the mound for Game 4. He’s made 15 total appearances and just seven starts in three seasons, and he hasn’t really taken advantage of that by posting an ERA of 5.91.
Much like with Wright in Game 3, Atlanta manager Brian Snitker will need to have a short hook ready for Wilson in Game 4. That wouldn’t be ideal for the Atlanta reliever box, which was supposed to cover 8.1. innings in match 3.
The heavier workloads would likely continue in Game 5 and (if necessary) Game 6. Due to a lack of other options after Wright and Wilson, Snitker would presumably task Fried and Anderson to start these games with only three days. rest.
For their part, the Dodgers entered that series with five starters – Kershaw, Urias, Walker Buehler, Dustin May and Tony Gonsolin – who had a total of 2.75 wpm in 46 starts during the regular season.
Even despite his uncertain back and long history of October disappointments, overtaking Wilson won’t be too big an order for Kershaw in Game 4. If he’s up to it, the Dodgers could start May. in Game 5 and then hand things over to Buehler. regular rest for Game 6 if they get there.
Certainly, Atlanta can root their confidence for the rest of the series in the fact that they still have their heads. With two more wins, the club may be back in the World Series for the first time since 1999.
The Dodgers, however, have the perks of a searing offense and much better launch options. That might be enough for them to keep coming back long enough to earn a trip to their third Fall Classic in the past four years.
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