Los Angeles Dodgers (50-20) vs Atlanta Braves (43-27)

Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 8:15 pm

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At 8:15 pm, our selection is on the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers 'under' the total.  This series has featured strong pitching, for the most part, but that's not the entire story.  It's also been a showcase for great defense, as we saw again on Saturday in Game 6 when Mookie Betts made a leaping catch at the top of the wall against Marcell Ozuna.  That superb defensive play in the fifth inning preserve the Dodgers lead and helped force this seventh game.  The pitching should be on display again tonight when rookie Ian Anderson take the mound for Atlanta.  The 22-year-old has yet to allow a run in 15 2/3 post-season innings, so the Braves will try to ride those numbers to their first World Series since 1999.  Perhaps the best news for the Dodgers in Game 6 was the performance by veteran reliever Kenley Jansen, who pitched a perfect ninth inning to seal the deal for Los Angeles.  Dodgers relievers have now allowed just two runs in 10 innings in the last two games.  It will be an "all hands on deck" game for the Dodgers, who have yet to announce a starter (but we will take the 'under' regardless of which pitcher takes the mound in the 1st inning for L.A.)  Manager Dave Roberts has expressed that Tony Gonsolin will work several innings.  But he'll be joined by guys like Julio Urias, Brusdar Graterol, and perhaps even Clayton Kershaw.  The Dodgers have gone 'under' 74-55 when they've faced an NL starting pitcher with an ERA of 3.20 or better.  Take the 'under.'  As always, good luck...Al McMordie.

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Al’s Pick Under: 8 -115

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