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That Los Angeles Dodgers stay on track to play the second match of the National League Championship Series against Atlanta Braves at Truist Park Sunday night. As is typical of most post-season matches, the pitching matches have not yet been determined. Early reports indicate that the Dodgers send Walker Buehler to the mound for Game 2 after Max Scherzer hit in Game 5 of the NLDS. Braves are expected to line up with right-hander Ian Anderson.
Buehler toes the rubber
The official launch of Game 2 has yet to be officially announced on MLB.com. Early reports indicate the Dodgers are sending right-handed Walker Buehler to the mound. Buehler operated on three days of rest and limited the Giants to a run over 4 1/3 innings on Tuesday when the Dodgers won the NLDS Game 4 7-2. In his first ever start on short rest in the normal or post-season, Buehler had to knock himself out of a first and third, one-out jam in the second inning, but otherwise had no major problems through the first four frames. In four potential elimination games in his off-season career, Buehler now boasts a 1.25 ERA across 21 2/3 innings of work. He collected a rock-solid 2.47 ERA and 0.97 WHIP over 207+ innings a year and gets the ball for Game 2 of the NLCS.
Despite winning 106 games during the regular season, 18 more than the Braves, the Dodgers will not have home advantage in the NLCS because they are a wild card team. Wild cards can not have home advantage in a Division Series or League Championship Series per. MLB rules, but such a restriction does not apply to the World Series. LA averaged a full 5.12 runs per game. Fight on the road this year and led the Majors in walks with 3.77 per. Match.
Anderson gets Game 2 Ball
As is typical of NLCS games, where executives hold their cards tight, the launcher for Game 2 has yet to be formally announced on MLB.com. Early reports indicate that Ian Anderson is nodding over Charlie Morton, with the Braves choosing to use Morton for Game 3 and give him an extra day off. Ian Anderson got the win Monday after hitting five pointless innings against the Brewers in Game 3 of the NLDS. It was a game without points as Anderson was pulled after a pinch in the sixth, but Joc Pederson hit a three-run homer in his place and put Anderson in line for victory. Anderson allowed three strokes, went no one and struck six out in the 84-lane.
Impressively, Anderson has made five post-season starts, going back to last year, and has gone without allowing a run in four of them. He finished the normal season with a 3.58 ERA and 1.23 WHIP. The Braves sent the Brewers dramatically with a Freddy Freeman bomb off Josh Hader in the eighth inning. They face another beast against the 106 victories defending champions. They will be outmatched in this series even if they play at home.
- The Braves are 7-1 in their last eight home games
- The Braves are 11-2 in their last 13 games overall
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