Los Angeles Dodgers (49-20) vs Atlanta Braves (43-26)

Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 4:38 pm

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At 4:35 pm, our selection is on the Atlanta Braves over the Los Angeles Dodgers.  After a bullpen game on Friday that was won by the Dodgers, we're back to the top of the rotations for both of these teams.  And while RH starter Walker Buehler has been very good for L.A., LH Max Fried has been on another level for Atlanta.  After a regular season in which he went 7-0 with a 2.25 ERA, Fried has continued to be one of the MVPs for the Braves in the post-season.  Even though he stumbled in a start vs. the Marlins, the Braves have still won all three of his 2020 playoff outings coming into this afternoon, including Game 1 of this series opposite Buehler.  In that start, the 26-year-old Atlanta ace did everything except register the victory, allowing just one run on four hits in six innings with nine strikeouts.  The Braves won that one with four runs in the top of the ninth.  Dating back to the 2019 All-Star Break, the Braves are 23-3 in Fried's last 26 starts, including a perfect 4-0 as an underdog!  Fried goes on regular (4 days) rest this afternoon, and he is a stellar 13-4 (.765) in 23 starts in those situations.  Take the Braves as an underdog.  As always, good luck...Al McMordie.

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