I’m never afraid to say I was wrong, and I was wrong about the Braves. I’ll explain why before I get to my Dodgers Braves free pick. When Soroka went down for the year, Cole Hamels pitched all of 3.1 innings in 2020 and Mike Foltynewicz was designated for assignment, I said the Braves didn’t have a chance to win the World Series. Boy was I wrong!
Game: Los Angeles Dodgers (49-20, 41-28 RL) vs. Atlanta Braves (43-26, 33-36 RL)
When: 9:08 PM ET, Friday, October 16th, 2020
Where: Globe Life Field, Arlington, Texas
Current Line: LAD -210 ATL +175 Total: 9.5
Probable Pitchers: Dustin May (3-1, 2.57 ERA) vs. A.J. Minter (1-1, 0.83 ERA)
TV Coverage: FS1
It is 2020
You’d think I’d have learned my lesson to doubt the Braves, but I just can’t see the Dodgers rolling over. I know the 2020 has been anything but ordinary, but coming into the season, I thought the Dodgers HAD to win the World Series this year. Didn’t they?
May vs. the Opener
Dustin May is scheduled to start this win-or-go-home game for LA. May has pitched only 4.2 innings in 3 appearances so far in this postseason. He started only 1 of those appearances, as an opener, going 1 innings against the Padres in Game 3 to help with the sweep. Gingergard may not be key to today’s Dodgers Braves free pick, but he should have an impact.
May has yet to give up a run this postseason, allowing only 1 hit and issuing 1 walk in his 4.2 innings. He has 6 Ks in that time.
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A.J. Minter will act as the opener for the Braves. It will be Minter’s first opener assignment in his career. He has thrown 2.1 innings so far this postseason, including 2/3 of an inning versus the Dodgers in Game 2. Minter gave up a 416-foot 3-run home run to Corey Seager in that outing. Seager’s blast made the score 7-3, giving the Dodgers some hope in that one.
The Braves will piece together the bullpen following Minter as they try to get to the World Series.
The Dodgers won Game 3 15-3 but lost the other 3 games by a total score of 23-10. This includes last night’s 10-2 Braves win. I expect the Dodgers to go down swinging (pun intended).
My money was going to be on the Los Angeles Dodgers to win tonight and force a Game 6. But after the line was released following the announcement that Minter will start, I am going with the Dodgers on the Run Line at -1.5-135
Dodgers Braves Free Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers Run Line -1.5-135
Free pick by Joe Berra