Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers – 2020 NLCS Game 2

By Admir Aljic in MLB
| October 13, 2020 3:08 am PDT

An incredible pitchers’ duel turned into a blowout in Game 1 of the NLCS as Atlanta scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning on their way to a 5-1 victory. Homers by Austin Riley and Ozzie Albies highlighted the decisive frame. Three Atlanta relievers tossed perfect frames to help earn the victory.

The Braves have now won the first game of each of their three playoff series. This is the first time that the Dodgers have lost a game in the playoffs. They are now 5-1 while Atlanta is 6-0 in the postseason.

Braves vs. Dodgers Odds

Braves +1.5 -145
Dodgers -1.5 +125
Braves to Win +145
Dodgers to Win -170
Over 7.5 -110
Under 7.5 -110

The -110 for the total looks to be a wager you should pay a little attention to. The total is set at 7.5 for a battle of two starters who have been devastating in the postseason.

The pitching matchup puts the smart money on avoiding either taking the 1.5 runs or giving it up. The moneyline is the smarter bet depending on who you think the game is going to wind up. Atlanta comes in at +145 while Los Angeles is at -170.

Braves vs. Dodgers Preview

This contest has the makings of a spectacular game. Ian Anderson starts for Atlanta, and the right-hander has been nothing short of brilliant through his first two postseason starts. Anderson has yet to yield a run in 11.2 innings, allowing five hits and three walks while striking out an incredible 17. He boasts a 0.69 WHIP. During the regular season, the righty was 3-2 with a 1.95 ERA in six starts. He struck out 41 and 32.1 innings, so he has clearly stepped up his game as the stakes have increased.

The Dodgers send ace Clayton Kershaw to the hill. Kershaw has a 2-0 record with a 1.93 ERA in the playoffs. After tossing eight shutout innings in his first postseason start in 2020, the left-hander allowed three runs in six innings against San Diego. Kershaw finished the regular season with a 2.16 ERA in 10 starts. He recorded the best WHIP of his career at 0.84.

If Atlanta would have lost Game 1, there is no doubt that they would have been looking at their inability to drive home runs when the opportunity presented itself as the reason for the loss. The Braves were just 1-12 with runners in scoring position and left 10 on-base.

The Dodgers left just five runners on base in Game 1 and were 0-2 with runners in scoring position, but Atlanta cannot count on keeping this potent lineup down. They need to drive home runs when they have the opportunity. This will be a theme to keep an eye on as the series moves forward.

Braves vs. Dodgers Betting Pick for Game 2

I have had a successful run in the postseason but took it on the chin in Game 1. This game could’ve gone either way, but Atlanta put together an impressive ninth inning to earn the victory. Now the Dodgers find themselves with their backs against the wall as they simply cannot fall behind 2-0 against this very hot Atlanta Braves team.

The challenge will be trying to score against Anderson. Right now, his stuff is as good as it gets and he has a high level of confidence that will make him very difficult to beat. Fortunately, Los Angeles has the ultimate confidence boost on the hill in Kershaw.

I think this is a game that gets to the bullpen once again to determine the winner. At worst, the two starters yield no more than a single run, leaving it up to the relievers to bring home the victory. The Los Angeles bullpen faltered in Game 1, but not in Game 2. Take Los Angeles to win, 2-1

  • Under 7.5



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