Resilient Dodgers look to even series against the Braves
Sun, Oct 17th 7:54am EDT
The Dodgers are -180 moneyline road favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. Dodgers starter Max Scherzer pitched eight combined innings in the NLDS, striking out 12. He is very familiar with the Braves from his days with the Nationals, going 10-9 in 27 regular season appearances against them (25 starts). Though Scherzer has made 27 career appearances against the Braves, he has never faced them in the playoffs. His opposition, Atlanta's Ian Anderson, had mixed results in two starts against the Dodgers in last year's NLCS. Anderson threw four scoreless innings in Game 2 last year but allowed two runs in three innings in Game 7. The Dodgers lost Game 1 of the NLDS against the Giants, but they rebounded with a nine-run explosion in Game 2. Los Angeles appears on the verge of an offensive breakout, as they had plenty of chances last night but went just 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Ian Anderson was pulled in the fifth inning of his only other career appearance against Los Angeles, and the fact he has never completed five innings against them is a concern. Meanwhile, Atlanta will not be intimidated by Scherzer, and they will rely on their 214 career combined at-bats against him to touch him up more than he has been all postseason. Atlanta's Freddie Freeman has seven extra-base hits (four doubles, three home runs) in his career off Scherzer. The over is 4-0-1 in Anderson's last five starts against teams from the National League West and is 5-2 in the previous seven meetings between these teams in Atlanta.