The Atlanta Braves hold a commanding 2-0 series lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS. The Braves pulled off some late game magic in Game 2 on Sunday night as outfielder Eddie Rosario hit a walk-off RBI single to defeat the Dodgers 5-4. It was the team’s second straight walk-off win in this series.
For Game 3 at Dodger Stadium (5:08 p.m. ET/TBS), the Dodgers will start Walker Buehler, while the Braves will give the ball to Charlie Morton. Let’s take a look at the moneyline on DraftKings Sportsbook and make a pick.
Through the first two games of this championship series, we’ve been let down by the Dodgers on the moneyline. Both of their losses have come in walk-off fashion in the ninth inning. To be such a good team, Los Angeles has found creative ways to lose. For the second consecutive game, the Dodgers struggled with RISP, hitting an unflattering 1-for-10 with 10 runners left on base.
It does not matter if it’s the regular season or postseason, if you cannot bring guys home in scoring position, you will not win many games. The Dodgers will try to right their wrongs in Game 3 with Buehler on the mound. The NL Cy Young candidate has an ERA of 3.38 and OBA of .225 in two postseason starts. Buehler faced the Braves on August 31 at Dodger Stadium, where he gave up four hits, two earned runs (1 HR), and recorded five strikeouts in 7.0 IP.
As for Morton, he’s been good in the postseason with a 3.86 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 9.2 IP (two starts). The 37-year-old pitcher has gone up against the Dodgers twice in the regular season, where he has a 1-0 record and 2.45 ERA. It was his fifth-best ERA against any team in the majors in 2021. I think it will be a pitchers’ duel and the Dodgers somehow find a way to not beat themselves in Game 3.
Pick: Dodgers ML
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