Sunday we only have one game in Major League Baseball, but it’s a big deal. The Braves host the Dodgers for Game 2 of the National League Championship Series. The Braves won Game 1 to take the series lead and send young Ian Anderson up the hill against veteran ace Max Scherzer.
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All odds courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook.
Over 7.5, -120
Braves starter Ian Anderson had a 4.39 ERA in the final month of the regular season and while he pitched well against the Brewers in the NLDS, it’s quite a different offense than the Dodgers. The Dodgers have led the NL in points scored this season. They were smothered a few times in the playoffs, but that was because Logan Webb and Max Fried were great and had temperamental weather in Game 3 of the NLDS. They scored nine points in Game 2 and seven in Game 4. They are a sleeping giant again.
Maybe the Dodgers could help us out on their own, but the possibility that Max Scherzer is tired and has some leadership issues means we can feel a little more confident.
Dodgers win first set +275
Yeah, I think the Dodgers are going to jump on Anderson in the first inning. Mookie Betts should bounce back from an unusual 0 for 4 game to start the series, I love the game against Trea Turner and love it for Corey Seager, who has hit .313 / .405 / .535 against the starting righties this year. .
A long shot? Yes, it is long. Bellinger lost a regular season as he was ravaged by injuries and bad hitters. Anyone watching him in the playoffs can see he’s slowly but steadily starting to turn the corner. He went 4 for 12 with a double in games 2-5 in the NLDS and had a single in his batting lone in game 1 of the NLCS. Power has yet to return, however, as he has only had one circuit since August 11. Anderson has allowed left-handed hitters 10 home runs in just 229 appearances this season. Let’s go crazy and get back to Bellinger’s power.