BIG AL's 5* BASEBALL GAME OF THE YEAR!
Atlanta Braves (41-25) vs Los Angeles Dodgers (48-18)
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 6:05 pm
At 6:05 pm, our selection is on the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Atlanta Braves. The Braves took a 2-0 series lead over the Dodgers on Tuesday behind the other-worldly pitching of their rookie, Ian Anderson. That's the headline. But the rest of the story is that L.A. came back from a 7-0 deficit and had the winning run 90 feet away in the bottom of the ninth. And that ability to finally put some significant runs on the board could set the tone going forward. The Dodgers will put LHP Julio Urias on the mound tonight and you could argue that the 23-year-old Mexican has been their most effective playoff pitcher so far. In two appearances (one vs. the Brewers and one vs. the Padres) Urias has yet to allow an earned run in eight innings, surrendering just four hits with 11 strikeouts and one walk. The Braves' RHP Kyle Wright has also not allowed a run so far in the playoffs, although his one appearance was against the Marlins so this will be a much tougher spot for the 25-year-old. And in the regular season, Wright was 2-4, with a 5.21 ERA and 1.55 WHIP. Even worse, his career ERA is 6.22, with a 1.66 WHIP. So, his six scoreless innings vs. Miami last week were somewhat of an anomaly when you look at his entire career, or even just his 2020 season. The Dodgers are 14-5 in their last 19 games following a loss, and 100% perfect (4-0) this season off back-to-back losses. Meanwhile, the Braves under-performed on offense vs. lefty starters this season, as they averaged just 4.5 runs, and hit just .238 (compared to 5.9 runs per game, and .269 vs. righty starters). Take L.A. As always, good luck...Al McMordie.