By CHARLES ODUM, AP Sports activities Author
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves know what occurred final October and wish to keep away from a repeat. The Los Angeles Dodgers plan on an encore.
Atlanta held 2-0 and 3-1 leads within the NL Championship Sequence earlier than the Dodgers received three consecutive video games in a playoff totally on the impartial ballpark of Arlington, Texas, then beat Tampa Bay for his or her first World Sequence title since 1988.
The host Braves received the primary two video games of this 12 months’s NLCS, then LA took two of three at Dodger Stadium forcing a Sport 6 again at Truist Park on Saturday evening with the Braves nonetheless one win from their first Sequence journey since 1999.
“I feel we’ve bought a psychological benefit proper now, getting again on that aircraft and going again there enjoying Sport 6,” Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts stated Friday. “Historical past’s a strong factor to the thoughts, and so we really feel good and I feel that we’re going to make use of it to our benefit.”
Even so, Roberts acknowledged “on the finish of the day we nonetheless bought to go on the market and play baseball recreation.”
Dealing with elimination, the Dodgers turned up their energy recreation to beat the Braves 11-2 on Thursday evening.
First baseman Freddie Freeman says the Braves should show they received’t comply with the identical path to a different collapse. Atlanta has a revamped outfield and home-field benefit,
“It appears as a result of on daily basis it’s introduced up the final couple days,” Freeman stated of final 12 months’s collapse. “So I don’t suppose we have now a alternative till we kill that narrative. We’re up 3-2 and we’re going house. That’s an incredible place to be in.”
Max Scherzer is scheduled to begin Saturday in opposition to Atlanta’s Ian Anderson and Walker Buehler is out there to begin for the Dodgers on Sunday.
“I like the blokes we’re going to be operating on the market and we simply bought to go on the market and play to win one recreation,” Roberts stated.
Los Angeles has received seven consecutive elimination video games.
Chris Taylor hit three homers and drove in six runs on Thursday evening. AJ Pollock added two homers and drove in 4 runs because the Dodgers set a franchise postseason document with 17 hits.
Taylor turned the eleventh participant to hit three homers in a postseason recreation and the primary to perform the feat together with his staff going through elimination.
“I feel for us it’s all the time simply been about successful one recreation and we attempt to hold that mentality all 12 months, do all the things we will to win tonight, and simply kind of take it sooner or later at a time,” Taylor stated.
Anderson stated Thursday the Braves are “undoubtedly on a mission to form of dispel” the repeat of their 2020 NLCS loss.
“So, yeah, I imply, we’re nonetheless in a great place,” Anderson stated. “The vibes are nonetheless good.”
Anderson lasted solely three innings in Atlanta’s 5-4 win in Sport 2. Scherzer was pulled after 4 1/3 innings with what he stated was a lifeless arm on two days’ relaxation after getting his first profession save within the Division Sequence finale at San Francisco.
Roberts stated 36-year-old left-hander David Worth is changing left-hander Joe Kelly on the roster. Kelly left within the first inning Thursday evening with tightness in his proper biceps and will not be eligible to return within the World Sequence ought to the Dodgers advance.
Worth, the 2012 AL Cy Younger Award winner, was 5-2 with a 4.03 ERA in 11 begins and 28 reduction appearances within the common season. He has at 4.62 ERA in 23 postseason video games with Tampa Bay, Detroit, Toronto and Boston.
Roberts additionally revealed Friday that left-hander Justin Bruihl wasn’t accessible in Sport 5 attributable to a sore arm and could also be changed. Bruihl was receiving remedy on Friday earlier than making an attempt to throw. He skilled the soreness whereas warming up on Thursday evening.
Roberts stated Bruihl “wished to be on the market however simply his arm wouldn’t let him. … We’re going to deliver an arm simply in case he can’t go.”
Roberts stated he has not selected a attainable substitute for Bruihl.
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