Braves Stay Alive and Look to Even NLDS
Game 4 of the NLDS will feature the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves. They will play on Monday afternoon at SunTrust Park. First pitch is a few minutes after 4:30 pm EST. The Milwaukee Brewers await the winners series in the NLCS.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Dodgers RH Rich Hill (2018: 11-5, 3.66 ERA) vs. Braves RH Mike Foltynewicz (0-1, 18.00)
ODDS: Dodgers are -143-moneyline favorites. The total is at 8 -1010.
Maybe the Atlanta Braves just needed to get home to find their footing in the National League Division Series. They find themselves still alive and hosting the Los Angeles Dodgers for Game 4 on Monday.
Gametime is less than 24 hours after staving off elimination with a 6-5 victory at SunTrust Park. Atlanta did not score a run in two losses at Los Angeles but rode a grand slam by Ronald Acuna Jr.
Hill Hot at Right time for Dodgers in NLDS
Los Angeles is trying to reach the NL Championship Series for the third consecutive year. They received 15 scoreless innings from its starters in the first two games.
Rookie Walter Buehler issued a bases-loaded walk to counterpart Sean Newcomb in the second inning of Game 3. He then served up Acuna’s blast that put the Braves ahead 5-0.
Los Angeles battled back to tie it thanks to homers by Chris Taylor and Max Muncy. The HR’s gave the team seven blasts in the series. Freeman’s sixth-inning leadoff shot for Atlanta gave him hits in seven of his eight career postseason contests.
Hill ended the regular season with a flourish, winning all five of his turns in September. All the while posting a 3.90 ERA and a .174 opponents batting average. The 38-year-old made five starts in last year’s playoffs for the Dodgers. He allowed five earned runs and 13 hits in 17 2/3 innings.
Hill scattered three hits over seven scoreless frames en route to victory on July 26. It was his only appearance against Atlanta this season.
Muncy has recorded two hits – both homers – in the series while driving in four runs.
Folty Looks to Redeem Himself after Game 1 Debacle
Freddie Freeman’s hit the game-winning solo homer to cut the Dodgers’ best-of-five series lead to 2-1.
Acuna is the favorite to be the NL Rookie of the Year. He became the youngest player in postseason history to belt a grand slam at 20 years, 293 days old. He has recorded three of the Braves’ 15 hits in the series.
Foltynewicz fizzled in his postseason debut in the series opener. He surrendered four runs and three hits in just two innings. He allowed homers by Joc Peterson and Muncy. The 27-year-old registered five strikeouts but issued three walks and hit a batter.
Foltynewicz finished the regular season 13-10 with a 2.85 ERA. He had 202 strikeouts in 183 innings while earning his first career All-Star appearance.
RF Nick Markakis went 0-for-3 in Game 3 and is just 1-for-10 in the series.
NLDS Betting Odds & Trends
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Dodgers is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games|
|LA Dodgers is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games|
|Dodgers is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games on the road|
|LA Dodgers is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games on the road|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of LA Dodgers’s last 5 games on the road|
|LA Dodgers is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Atlanta|
|LA Dodgers is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Atlanta|
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Dodgers’s last 6 games when playing Atlanta|
|LA Dodgers is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Atlanta|
|LA Dodgers is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Atlanta|
|The total has gone UNDER in 6 of LA Dodgers’s last 9 games when playing on the road against Atlanta|
|Braves are 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games|
|Atlanta is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta’s last 5 games|
|Atlanta is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home|
|Atlanta is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home|
|The total has gone OVER in 7 of Atlanta’s last 9 games at home|
|Atlanta is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing LA Dodgers|
|Atlanta is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing LA Dodgers|
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta’s last 6 games when playing LA Dodgers|
|Atlanta is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against LA Dodgers|
|Atlanta is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against LA Dodgers|
|The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Atlanta’s last 9 games when playing at home against LA Dodgers|
Los Angeles home to Atlanta Wednesday, October 10
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