The Atlanta Braves won NLCS Games 1 and 2 in a walk-off mode, then Cody Bellinger gave the Los Angeles Dodgers a dramatic eighth inning homerun in Game 3. Three games and three thrilling finishes in the game. NLCS 2021. Will the trend continue on Wednesday? The Braves still lead the series in the best of seven 2-1, although the Dodgers now have some life to get into Game 4.
You can view the full playoff schedule by clicking here. With that throat clearing out of the way, let’s move on to the important stuff for Game 4.
How to watch
Dated: Wednesday October 20 | Time: 8:08 p.m. ET
Site: Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles, California)
TV channel: TBS | Direct: TBS.com
Chances: CONT -216; ATL +196; O / U: 8 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
Starting pitchers: LHP Julio Urías (20-3, 2.96 ERA) v RHP Jesse Chavez (3-2, 2.14 ERA)
Featured Game | Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Atlanta Braves
In Game 2, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts asked Urías for three strikeouts with a two-point lead in the eighth inning, but he melted and Los Angeles lost the game. Will there be repercussions in Game 4? Urías threw 73 very stressful shots in two relief appearances in the past six days. Now it will begin. That’s already a lot of work for a young pitcher about 100 innings above his previous career high.
As for the Braves, they will play an enclosure match in Game 4. Right-hander Jesse Chavez will start after Huascar Ynoa was grazed with an inflamed shoulder. Left-handed AJ Minter or Drew Smyly could be next on the list. Bullpen games can be very effective when performed correctly, although one misstep and the game can fall apart quickly.
I’m not a dynamic guy, I just think the Dodgers are really good and a lot better than they showed in Games 1-3. They have the edge on paper over the mound in Game 4 and the bats seemed to be waking up late in Game 3. Los Angeles will tie that streak on Wednesday.
To take: Dodgers 7, Braves 3
MLB 2021 playoff gear now available
The 2021 MLB playoffs are here. To celebrate, 2021 MLB playoff gear is now available for select teams. Shop for hoodies, shirts and more here.
We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.