Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta Braves - 10/17/21 MLB Picks and Prediction
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Atlanta Braves (91-73) vs Los Angeles Dodgers (110-58)
Game Info: Sunday, October 17, 2021 at 7:38 pm (Truist Park)
Ian Anderson (10-5) (3.44) vs Max Scherzer (15-5) (2.39)
Betting Odds: Atlanta Braves / Los Angeles Dodgers --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves meet Sunday in Game 2 of the NLCS in MLB action at Truist Park. The Los Angeles Dodgers need a win here to even up the series at 1-1. The Atlanta Braves have a chance to take a surprising 2-0 series lead.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have scored 11 runs in their last three games and three or fewer runs in five of their last seven games. The Dodgers have lost three of their last four games when scoring three or fewer runs. Mookie Betts leads the Dodgers with 11 hits and four RBI while Will Smith and Trea Turner have combined for 14 hits and five RBI. Max Scherzer gets the ball, and he was 15-4 with a 2.46 ERA and 236 strikeouts this season. Scherzer is 7-6 with a 3.18 ERA and 153 strikeouts in his postseason career.
The Atlanta Braves have scored 11 runs in their last three games and three or fewer runs in four of their last five games. The Braves have won three straight games when scoring three or fewer runs. Austin Riley leads the Braves with seven hits and three RBI while Ozzie Albies and Eddie Rosario have combined for 11 hits and three RBI. Ian Anderson gets the ball, and he was 9-5 with a 3.58 ERA and 124 strikeouts this season. Anderson is 3-0 with a 0.76 ERA and 30 strikeouts in his postseason career.
The Dodgers are 49-18 in their last 67 Sunday games and 45-13 in their last 58 overall. The Braves are 7-2 in their last 9 playoff home games and 64-30 in their last 94 Sunday games. The over is 8-2 in Dodgers last 10 Sunday games. The under is 6-0-1 in Braves last 7 Sunday games. The Dodgers are 40-18 in the last 58 meetings.
Scherzer has been money since coming to the Dodgers, and he's a proven postseason pitcher. However, this will be the third time Scherzer has pitched since Monday, and you have to question if the large workload is going to impact him negatively. The Braves are also very familiar with Scherzer given his time in Washington, and guys like Freddie Freeman have great success against him. Anderson is well rested, he's been dominant in his few postseason appearances, and he's allowed three runs in his last 18 innings. I like the Braves to shock the baseball world and steal another game off the defending champs.