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  • Eddie Rosario named MVP of NL Championship Series
    Braves outfielder Eddie Rosario was named the MVP of the National League Championship Series.

    Advice: While Tyler Matzek was outstanding as well, this doesn't come as any sort of surprise as Rosario was other-worldly during the series. He finished the series 14-for-25 (.560), tying the record for most hits ever by a player in a single postseason series. He also had three home runs, nine RBI and a stolen base -- including the critical go-ahead three-run blast in the decisive Game 6 on Saturday. He's going to be an incredibly hot commodity on the free agent market this winter after this heroic October performance. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 9:02 pm
    W, 5-0 vs NYM
     
  • Eddie Rosario powers Braves to World Series berth
    Eddie Rosario blasted a go-ahead three-run homer off of Walker Buehler in the fourth inning on Saturday, powering the Braves to a 4-2 victory over the Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS and to their first World Series berth since 1999.

    Advice: Rosario led off the game with a single, but was quickly erased on a double play. He then strode to the dish with two runners in scoring position and two outs in the fourth inning, where he fouled off three tough two-strike offerings from Buehler before tucking his 361-foot blast just inside the foul pole in right field. With the two-hit effort, Rosario finished with 14 hits in the NLCS -- tied for the most ever by a player in a single postseason series. He also drew a walk in the sixth inning. The likely NLCS MVP is slashing a monstrous .474/.524/.789 with three homers and 11 RBI on the postseason. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:47 pm
    W, 5-0 vs NYM
     
  • Austin Riley smacks RBI double in Game 6 victory
    Austin Riley smacked an RBI double in the first inning on Saturday, helping to lead the Braves to victory over the Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Riley opened the scoring in the contest, plating Ozzie Albies with a two-out line drive double off of Walker Buehler in the first inning. He also singled in the second inning, finishing the night 2-for-5. The 24-year-old is now slashing .250/.302/.450 with a pair of homers and five RBI through 10 postseason games this year. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:47 pm
    New Player Note
    Austin Riley Atl - 1B,3B,OF
    W, 5-0 vs NYM
     
  • Will Smith slams door on Dodgers season Saturday
    Will Smith slammed the door on the Dodgers season on Saturday, working a scoreless ninth inning to protect a two-run lead in Game 6 of the NLCS -- sending the Braves to the World Series.

    Advice: The left-hander started the inning by blowing Chris Taylor away with a high fastball. He then got Cody Bellinger swinging on a 3-2 fastball before getting A.J. Pollock to ground out to shortstop to end it. Smith has been terrific this postseason, firing seven scoreless innings with a 0.71 ERA and 7/2 K/BB ratio. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:47 pm
     
  • Tyler Matzek plays the role of savior for Braves
    Tyler Matzek bailed the Braves out in a big way during Game 6 of the NLCS on Saturday night, escaping a major jam unscathed and striking out four over two perfect innings of work.

    Advice: The Braves entered the seventh inning with a 4-1 lead and sent Luke Jackson to the hill. Three batters later, the Dodgers had pushed a run across and had the tying runs in scoring position with nobody out. Enter Matzek. He blew away Albert Pujols, Steven Souza Jr. and Mookie Betts on strikes to end the threat. He then returned for the eighth, struck out Corey Seager and got Trea Turner and Will Smith on ground balls to third. He needed just 17 pitches (15 strikes) to get those six outs. He boasts a tremendous 1.74 ERA, 0.77 WHIP and 17/4 K/BB ratio over 10 1/3 innings during the postseason. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:47 pm
     
  • Ian Anderson goes four strong innings in Game 6
    Ian Anderson pitched well in a no-decision against the Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS on Saturday night, allowing one run on three hits over his four innings of work.

    Advice: The right-hander punched out four and walked one on the night -- throwing 39 of his 66 pitches for strikes. The damage done against him came in the fourth inning where Cody Bellinger poked a two-out RBI single into left field. Anderson was lifted for a pinch hitter -- Ehire Adrianza -- who doubled and then came around to score on Eddie Rosario's three-run blast. On the postseason, Anderson sports a stellar 2.25 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 12/4 K/BB ratio across 12 innings of work. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:46 pm
     
  • Cody Bellinger drives in run as Dodgers drop NLCS
    Cody Bellinger went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI single as the Dodgers fell to the Braves in Game 6 of the NLCS on Saturday night, ending their season.

    Advice: Bellinger smacked a two-out, game-tying RBI single off of Ian Anderson in the fourth inning to make it a 1-1 ballgame. He also drew a walk in the seventh inning, but wound up stranded at third base. After a dreadful regular season, Bellinger finished the year with a strong showing in the postseason, slashing .353/.436/.471 with a homer and seven RBI. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:46 pm
    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • A.J. Pollock has two doubles, RBI in Game 6 loss
    A.J. Pollock went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI on Saturday night, but it wasn't enough to lead the Dodgers past the Braves in Game 6 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Pollock led off the third inning with a double off of Braves starter Ian Anderson, but was stranded there. He then smacked an RBI double off of Luke Jackson in the seventh inning to trim the Dodgers deficit to two runs, but that would be as close as they would get. Pollock finishes a strong postseason hitting .314/.333/.600 with a pair of homers and nine RBI. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:46 pm
    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • Walker Buehler struggles in Game 6 loss to Braves
    Walker Buehler struggled in a losing effort against the Braves in Game 6 of the NLCS on Saturday night, giving up four runs on seven hits over four innings.

    Advice: The right-hander struck out six and walked three. Pitching on short rest in place of Max Scherzer, Buehler surrendered an RBI double to Austin Riley in the first inning then seemed to settle in. That was until the fourth inning. There, Travis d'Arnaud reached on a two-out walk and pinch-hitter Ehire Adrianza blooped a double into the right field corner, setting the stage for Eddie Rosario. Rosario fouled off three tough two-strike offerings before smacking a three-run homer just inside the foul pole in right field to give the Braves the lead. Buehler finishes the postseason with a disappointing 4.91 ERA and 1.69 WHIP over 18 1/3 innings in his four starts. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:46 pm
     
  • Kyle Stowers pulled from AFL with lower back issue
    Orioles outfield prospect Kyle Stowers was pulled from the Arizona Fall League due to a minor lower back injury.

    Advice: There's no reason for concern, as it's only a minor issue, but the Orioles wanted to take the safe route here and shut Sowers down for the remainder of the AFL season. He'll still have close to a regular off-season and will be fully healthy for the start of spring training. Stowers appeared in just three games during AFL play, going 2-for-10 with a double, RBI and a 6/2 K/BB ratio. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 4:33 pm
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    L, 4-12 @Tor
     
  • Max Scherzer should be available to start Game 7
    Max Scherzer (arm fatigue) told Heidi Watney of MLB Network on Saturday that he should be able to start in Game 7 of the NLCS on Sunday -- provided the Dodgers can win on Saturday to force that decisive seventh game.

    Advice: Scherzer was scratched from his scheduled start against the Braves on Saturday as he's dealing with a "dead arm" issue. Should the Dodgers emerge victorious from Game 6 on Saturday, expect manager Dave Roberts to confirm that Scherzer will indeed get the ball for Game 7. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 3:38 pm
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    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • Max Scherzer (arm fatigue) plays catch Saturday
    Max Scherzer (arm fatigue) played catch on Saturday at Truist Park in Atlanta prior to Game 6 of the NLCS against the Braves.

    Advice: Scherzer was scratched from his scheduled Game 6 start on Friday night due to arm fatigue, but appears likely to pitch on Sunday evening in a potential Game 7, if the Dodgers manage to force a decisive series finale. There should be an update on his status and availability, if necessary, at the conclusion of Saturday's elimination contest. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 12:51 pm
    DTD
    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • Chris Taylor hitting fifth in Game 6 vs. Braves
    Chris Taylor is starting at third base and hitting fifth on Saturday night in Game 6 of the NLCS against the Braves.

    Advice: Taylor, who launched three home runs on Thursday night in the Dodgers' blowout victory in Game 5 against the Braves, remains in the starting lineup to face righty Ian Anderson in a win-or-go-home affair for the injury-depleted Dodgers. Here's the full lineup: Mookie Betts RF, Corey Seager SS, Trea Turner 2B, Will Smith C, Chris Taylor 3B, Cody Bellinger CF, AJ Pollock LF, Matt Beaty 1B and Walker Buehler P. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 12:46 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Taylor LAD - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • Eddie Rosario leading off Braves' Game 6 lineup
    Eddie Rosario is starting in left field and leading off on Saturday night in Game 6 of the NLCS against the Dodgers.

    Advice: With another chance to punch their ticket to the World Series, the Braves will roll with the same lineup for the second consecutive contest in a critical Game 6 showdown against hard-throwing righty Walker Buehler at Truist Park in Atlanta. Here's the full lineup: Eddie Rosario LF, Freddie Freeman 1B, Ozzie Albies 2B, Austin Riley 3B, Adam Duvall CF, Joc Pederson RF, Dansby Swanson SS, Travis d'Arnaud C and Ian Anderson P. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 12:18 pm
    W, 5-0 vs NYM
     
  • Dodgers place Joe Kelly (biceps) on 10-day IL
    Dodgers placed RHP Joe Kelly on the 10-day injured list with a right biceps strain.

    Advice: Kelly has been removed from the Dodgers' NLCS roster and will not pitch again this postseason. The 33-year-old righty will become a free agent this offseason if the Dodgers decline to pick up his $12 million club option. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 11:19 am
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    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • Dodgers officially add David Price to NLCS roster
    David Price has been officially added to the Dodgers' roster for the remainder of the NLCS against the Braves.

    Advice: Price is taking the roster spot of injured reliever Joe Kelly, who will miss the remainder of the postseason due to a right biceps strain. The 36-year-old experienced veteran will be active for Saturday night's highly-anticipated Game 6 showdown against the Braves. He could find himself in the mix to gobble up some innings with hard-throwing righty Walker Buehler starting on short rest. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 11:05 am
    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • Walker Buehler will start NLCS Game 6 vs. Braves
    Walker Buehler will start Game 6 of the NLCS on Saturday night against the Braves.

    Advice: Buehler, who threw 76 pitches over 3 2/3 frames on Tuesday in Game 3, will be pitching on short rest in this one. Veteran right-hander Max Scherzer was scheduled to start the elimination contest on regular rest, but will now be held back due to arm fatigue until a potential Game 7, if the series gets that far. Experienced lefty David Price, who was added to the NLCS roster in the wake of an injury to Joe Kelly, is likely an option to gobble up innings as well. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 7:38 am
     
  • Rafael Devers played through elbow inflammation
    Rafael Devers revealed late Friday that he played through right elbow inflammation during the postseason.

    Advice: If the injury impacted his on-field performance, it didn't show up in his over-the-fence power production, as Devers hit .295 (1.029 OPS) with five home runs in 51 plate appearances this postseason. The 24-year-old fantasy stalwart should be fine entering spring training after a few months of rest and recovery, but it's an injury development fantasy managers should continue to monitor entering the 2022 campaign. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 7:33 am
    W, 7-5 @Was
     
  • Ian Anderson starting NLCS Game 6 vs. Dodgers
    Ian Anderson will start Game 6 of the NLCS on Saturday night against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Anderson yielded two runs on three hits over three innings last Sunday in Game 2 of the NLCS against the Dodgers, settling for a no-decision in the shortest playoff outing of his young career. The 23-year-old righty will take the mound with a chance to send the Braves to the World Series where they would face the American League champion Astros. The Dodgers have yet to announce their starting pitcher for the potential elimination contest. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 6:50 am
     
  • Rio Ruiz elects free agency
    Rio Ruiz has elected free agency.

    Advice: Ruiz has refused an outright minor-league assignment and will become a free agent instead. The 27-year-old infielder hit .168/.243/.272 with three home runs and a pair of stolen bases across 141 plate appearances with the Rockies and Orioles this past season. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 5:20 am
    Player Note
    Rio Ruiz Col - 1B,2B,3B
    NA
    L, 4-5 @Ari
     
  • Max Scherzer will not start Game 6 of NLCS vs ATL
    Max Scherzer will not be starting Game 6 of the NLCS against the Braves on Saturday due to arm fatigue. 

    Advice: There are reportedly no structural issues to be concerned about for the veteran right-hander. Scherzer could still be available to start Game 7, if necessary, depending on how he feels tomorrow. The 37-year-old was quoted as saying his "arm was dead" after throwing 79 pitches over 4 1/3 innings in Game 2. It is currently unknown if Walker Buehler will pitch on short rest for the second time this postseason to take Scherzer's spot in the rotation. If not, Los Angeles will likely turn to Tony Gonsolin or David Price in a bullpen game.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 7:45 pm
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    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • David Price taking Joe Kelly's (biceps) spot
    David Price will take Joe Kelly's (biceps) spot on the Dodgers' NLCS roster.

    Advice: Manager Dave Roberts hinted that Price would be the choice after Thursday's Game 5 and he made it official Friday. Kelly will miss the rest of the season with a strained biceps. Price was on the team's NLDS roster but didn't pitch. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 11:10 am
    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • David Price likely to replace Kelly on NLCS roster
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters after Game 5 on Thursday that David Price is at the "top of the list" to replace Joe Kelly on the NLCS roster.

    Advice: Roberts said that the team is considering a few players, but that Price was "on the top of the list." Price wasn't included on the NLCS roster to begin the series, but there will be an opener after the Dodgers remove Joe Kelly, who is going to miss the rest of the season with a right biceps strain. The left-hander should be available for an inning or two on Saturday.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 9:52 pm
    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • Scherzer confirmed for Game 6 start against Braves
    Max Scherzer will start Game 6 against the Braves on Saturday.

    Advice: No surprise here, but always nice to get confirmation. Scherzer started Game 2 against Atlanta on Sunday; throwing 4 1/3 innings of two-run baseball before leaving and admitting that he was dealing with a tired arm. He's going on full rest, so Scherzer should be all systems go for a must-win game on Saturday against Atlanta at Truist Park. NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 9:49 pm
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    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • Kelly will miss rest of season with biceps strain
    Joe Kelly will miss the rest of the season with a biceps strain.

    Advice: This according to Dave Roberts after the Game 5 win. Kelly was the opener on Thursday, and he went 2/3 of an inning while allowing a two-run homer to Freddie Freeman before he exited with a trainer on a 2-2 count to Adam Duvall. The right-hander has a $12 million club option for 2022 with a $4 million buyout, so it's very possible he's thrown his last pitch as a member of the Dodgers. Los Angeles will announce a replacement for him before Saturday's Game 6.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 9:39 pm
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    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • Pollock swats two homers as Dodgers stay alive
    A.J. Pollock homered twice and drove in four runs while going 3-for-5 in a rout of the Braves during Game 5 of the NLCS on Thursday. 

    Advice: Pollock would be the story of this game, if not for the fact his teammate Chris Taylor swatted three homers. The outfielder got the Dodgers on the board with a solo shot off Max Fried to make it 2-1 Braves, and he cemented the blowout with a homer he admired greatly in the eighth with two on to make it 11-2. Pollock has driven in six runs while hitting .353 in the ALCS, and his effort helps keep the Dodgers alive for at least one more game on Saturday.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 8:42 pm
    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • CT3 homers three times as Dodgers clobber Braves
    Chris Taylor homered three times and drove in six runs as the Dodgers clobbered the Braves 11-2 on Thursday in Game 5 of the NLCS. 

    Advice: It's the first time a player has hit three homers in a possible elimination game. Taylor had a chance to become that first player with four homers in a postseason game, but struck out in the ninth inning. It's a sensational game from a player that has had plenty of highs in his time with the Dodgers, and it helps the Dodgers win their seventh-consecutive game with a chance to be eliminated. Taylor and the Dodgers will head to Atlanta for Game 6 on Saturday. NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 8:42 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Taylor LAD - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • Kelly leaves in first inning with biceps injury
    Joe Kelly has left Game 5 of the NLCS against the Braves on Thursday with a right biceps tightness.

    Advice: It was originally announced that the injury was related to the shoulder, but the Dodgers clarified that it was tightness in the biceps. Kelly allowed a two-run homer to Freddie Freeman, but was able to get an out and then exited in the middle of an at-bat against Adam Duvall with a trainer. Evan Phillips has come in to replace the right-hander. If the Dodgers are able to win on Thursday, it seems likely that Kelly will need to be replaced on the roster.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 5:26 pm
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    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • Rockies outright Ruiz to Triple-A Albuquerque
    Rockies sent INF Rio Ruiz outright to Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: Ruiz was claimed off waivers from the Orioles over the summer, and he hit just .168 with the Rockies and Baltimore in 2021. He'll likely be non-tendered and seek a new opportunity in 2022.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 2:30 pm
    Player Note
    Rio Ruiz Col - 1B,2B,3B
    NA
    L, 4-5 @Ari
     
  • Eddie Rosario leading off Game 5 against Dodgers
    Eddie Rosario is leading off and playing left field against the Dodgers on Thursday in Game 5 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Rosario was sensational in Game 4; picking up two homers and a triple while helping the Braves to a victory. Jorge Soler is active and available for Thursday's game, but he'll begin the contest on the bench. The full lineup for the Braves: Rosario LF, Ozzie Albies 2B, Freddie Freeman 1B, Austin Riley 3B, Adam Duvall CF, Joc Pederson RF, Dansby Swanson SS, Travis d'Arnaud C and Max Fried hitting ninth and pitching.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 2:18 pm
    W, 5-0 vs NYM
     
  • Joe Kelly to serve as Dodgers' opener in Game 5
    Joe Kelly will serve as the Dodgers' opener in NLCS Game 5 on Thursday night against the Braves.

    Advice: Kelly has allowed just one run through 4 2/3 innings (six relief appearances) in these 2021 playoffs, but he's yet to throw more than 17 pitches in a single outing and will probably only be asked to cover top of the first on Thursday at Dodger Stadium. The defending World Series champs are down 3-1 in the best-of-seven series. NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 1:36 pm
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    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • Rosario homers twice as Braves take 3-1 advantage
    Eddie Rosario homered twice, tripled and drove in four runs while going 4-for-5 in a 9-2 victory for the Braves on Wednesday over the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLCS. 

    Advice: Rosario came just a double away from hitting the cycle, but he probably wouldn't trade his second homer for it. The 30-year-old has been blistering the baseball in the postseason, and he hit one of three homers off an ineffective Julio Urias in the second inning. The second roundtripper was a three-run shot that turned a 6-2 game into a blowout at 9-2. For the second straight year, the Braves have a 3-1 lead in the NLCS over the Dodgers, and can clinch their first trip to the World Series since 1999 with a win on Thursday.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 8:36 pm
    W, 5-0 vs NYM
     
  • Devers homers for only Red Sox run in loss
    Rafael Devers went 2-for-3 with a homer in a Game 5 loss to the Astros on Wednesday in the ALCS. 

    Advice: Devers blistered a homer around the Pesky Pole off Framber Valdez for Boston's first -- and only -- run in the contest. It's the third homer of the series for the 24-year-old slugger, and he's slashed .350/.435/.800. The Red Sox are a loss from elimination, but none of that is Devers' fault.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 5:44 pm
    W, 7-5 @Was
     
  • Fourth inning does in Walker Buehler
    Walker Buehler lasted just 3 2/3 innings Tuesday versus the Braves, getting charged with four runs but escaping with a no-decision as the Dodgers rallied to win NLCS Game 3 6-5.

    Advice: Buehler was able to escape a jam in the first inning with the help of poor baserunning by Eddie Rosario which resulted in a double play. He faced the minimum in the second and third before things unraveled in the fourth, although it wasn't all his fault. Gavin Lux misplayed an Austin Riley double while playing out of position in center field, and then Buehler looked to have Joc Pederson struck out only to see the call go against him. Pederson took advantage with an RBI single and he was the second of five straight batters to reach for the Braves. Buehler's day ended when he walked Rosario on four straight to force in a fourth run. It's the shortest career postseason start for Buehler, who was pitching on six days' rest after going on short rest in Game 4 of the NLDS. The Dodgers will turn to Julio Urias in Game 4 as they try to even the series. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 7:04 pm
     
  • Bellinger rescues Dodgers with home run in eighth
    Cody Bellinger drilled a game-tying, three-run home run in the eighth inning Tuesday as the Dodgers came back to beat the Braves in Game 3 of the NLCS.

    Advice: The Dodgers couldn't get anything going offensively from the second to the seventh inning, putting them on the brink of being behind 0-3 in the series. Then, Bellinger came to the rescue, following a couple singles with a three-run shot off of Braves reliever Luke Jackson. It wasn't even a bad pitch from Jackson, but Bellinger seemed to be looking fastball and tomahawked it into the bleachers to send Dodger Stadium into a frenzy. Mookie Betts then gave the Dodgers the lead for good with an RBI double which scored Chris Taylor. Bellinger had a dreadful regular season but has had a couple huge hits during the playoffs, having also plated the go-ahead run against the Giants in Game 5 of the NLCS. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 6:39 pm
    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • Walker Buehler says he was sick during NLDS
    Walker Buehler revealed Monday that he got sick in San Francisco while the Dodgers were there for Game 5 of the NLDS.

    Advice: Buehler wouldn't reveal any additional details but says that he's feeling fine now and is ready to roll for Game 3 of the NLCS. The right-hander will be pitching on six days' rest after he started Game 4 of the NLDS on three days' rest. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 4:26 pm
     
  • Scherzer says his arm was 'dead' in NLCS Game 2
    Max Scherzer said following his start in Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday that his arm was "dead" and he "could tell from warming up that it was still tired."

    Advice: Scherzer, who was making his third appearance in seven days, was pulled after throwing 79 pitches over 4 1/3 innings on Sunday. Alex Vesia came on to get two key outs and keep the game tied. While Scherzer wasn't at his best on Sunday, he doesn't expect the issue to keep him from making his next start. "I wasn't dealing with red flag injuries, it was just my arm was tired," said Scherzer. The Dodgers are down 2-0 to the Braves in the series, so it remains to be seen if he'll even get another chance.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 9:00 am
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    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • Chris Taylor smacks two-run double in Game 2 loss
    Chris Taylor smacked a go-ahead two-run double in the seventh inning on Sunday, but the Dodgers still wound up falling to the Braves in Game 2 of the NLCS.

    Advice: The Dodgers got their rally going with a leadoff walk by Mookie Betts, a two-out intentional walk to Will Smith and Justin Turner getting hit by a pitch. Turner then poked an 0-1 offering from Luke Jackson for a two-run double to give the Dodgers the lead. He finished the night 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and a stolen base and is now hitting .286/.407/.571 with a homer and six RBI on the postseason. NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 8:50 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Taylor LAD - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • Max Scherzer lifted in fifth inning of NLCS Game 2
    Max Scherzer pitched decently in a no-decision against the Braves in Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday night, allowing two runs on four hits over 4 1/3 innings.

    Advice: The right-hander racked up seven strikeouts while issuing one free pass on the night, throwing 52 of his 79 pitches for strikes. All of the damage done against him came on one mighty swing of the bat by Joc Pederson in the fourth inning. He was then lifted with a man on and a man out in the fifth inning. Scherzer now holds a 2.16 ERA and 0.90 WHIP on the postseason. He'd be on regular rest to start Game 6 of the series, but given his limited workload here, he could also be an option on short rest in Game 5 on Thursday. NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 8:49 pm
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    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • Eddie Rosario delivers walk-off RBI in Game 2 win
    Eddie Rosario went 4-for-5 and delivered a walk-off RBI single off of Kenley Jansen in the ninth inning on Sunday night, leading the Braves to a 5-4 victory over the Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLCS.

    Advice: Rosario singled and was stranded in the third and fourth innings. In the eighth inning, he had a leadoff knock off of Julio Urias, advanced to second on a fly ball and then scored on an RBI single by Ozzie Albies. He came through in the clutch in the ninth though, smacking a two-out RBI single off of Corey Seager's glove and into center to bring Dansby Swanson home with the winning run. With the four-hit effort, Rosario is now hitting an impressive .409/.435/.409 with three RBI and a stolen base through six games this postseason. NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 8:49 pm
    W, 5-0 vs NYM
     
  • Austin Riley hits game-tying RBI double in Game 2
    Austin Riley came through with a game-tying RBI double off of Julio Urias in the eighth inning on Sunday as the Braves rallied to beat the Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLCS.

    Advice: The Braves entered the eighth inning faced with a 4-2 deficit, but after a single by Eddie Rosario and an RBI knock by Ozzie Albies, Riley smacked the game-tying RBI double off of Julio Urias to make it a 4-4 ballgame. The 24-year-old third baseman finished the night 1-for-3 plus a walk and is now slashing .364/.417/.682 with a pair of homers and four RBI on the postseason. NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 8:49 pm
    New Player Note
    Austin Riley Atl - 1B,3B,OF
    W, 5-0 vs NYM
     
  • Ian Anderson lasts just three innings in Game 2
    Ian Anderson lasted just three innings in a no-decision against the Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday night in Atlanta, allowing two runs on three hits.

    Advice: The 23-year-old hurler walked three and struck out two on the night. The trouble started early for him in this one, as he allowed a leadoff single to Mookie Betts and then a first pitch two-run blast to Corey Seager to start the night. He made it through the rest of his abbreviated outing unscathed, throwing 30 of his 55 pitches for strikes. Anderson now holds a 2.25 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 8/3 K/BB ratio over eight innings on the postseason. He'd be ready to start Game 6 in Atlanta on regular rest if the series goes that long. NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 8:49 pm
     
  • Austin Riley homers, leads Braves to walk-off win
    Austin Riley homered and delivered a walk-off RBI single in the ninth inning on Saturday, propelling the Braves to a 3-2 victory over the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLCS

    Advice: Riley blasted a 381-foot game-tying solo shot off of Tony Gonsolin with two outs in the fourth inning that tied the score at 2-2. That's how the score would remain until the home half of the ninth inning. There Ozzie Albies reached on a bloop single, swiped second base and then Riley laced a ball into the left field corner to deliver the game-winning run. He's having a terrific postseason, slashing .368/.400/.684 with a pair of homers and three RBI. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 8:30 pm
    New Player Note
    Austin Riley Atl - 1B,3B,OF
    W, 5-0 vs NYM
     
  • Will Smith picks up victory in Game 1 of NLCS
    Will Smith picked up a victory in Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday night, working a scoreless ninth inning against the Dodgers.

    Advice: The Braves bullpen base been coming up huge for weeks, and Saturday's game wasn't any different. Tyler Matzek worked a scoreless seventh inning and Luke Jackson did the same in the eighth to get the ball to Smith in the ninth. His inning wasn't as smooth, as he allowed a two-out walk to Chris Taylor and then a single to Cody Bellinger, but the Braves were able to catch Taylor hung up between second and third to make the final out. Smith has yet to be scored upon in four innings this postseason. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 8:30 pm
     
  • Chris Taylor collects two hits in loss to Braves
    Chris Taylor went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI as the Dodgers fell to the Braves in Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday night in Atlanta.

    Advice: Taylor got the Dodgers on the board with a game-tying RBI single off of Max Fried in the second inning. He then swiped second base but wound up being stranded there. He also led off the seventh inning with a double, was sacrificed to third by Austin Barnes, but again the Dodgers were unable to cash him in. With the two-hit night, he's now hitting .263/.348/.526 with a homer, four RBI and a stolen base this postseason. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 8:30 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Taylor LAD - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • Rafael Devers crushes grand slam in Game 2 rout
    Rafael Devers crushed a grand slam in the second inning on Saturday as the Red Sox routed the Astros in Game 2 of the ALCS.

    Advice: This one got out of hand quickly. J.D. Martinez swatted a grand slam in the opening inning, then Devers extended that lead to 8-0 with his four-run blast off of Jake Odorizzi in the second inning. It's the first time in MLB postseason history that a team has hit two grand slams in the same game -- let alone in back-to-back innings. Devers also walked and rode home on the Martinez blast in the first inning, finishing the day 1-for-4. On the postseason, he's now hitting .310/.412/.621 with three homers and 10 RBI. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 5:30 pm
    W, 7-5 @Was
     
  • Max Scherzer will start NLCS Game 2 vs. Braves
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters that Max Scherzer will start Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday night against the Braves.

    Advice: Roberts added that righty Walker Buehler will start Game 3 on Tuesday night, followed by lefty Julio UrĂ­as in Game 4 on Wednesday evening. Scherzer will get an extra day of rest after throwing 13 pitches on Thursday night to record his first career save in Game 5 of the NLDS against the Giants. The 37-year-old righty has allowed just two runs on six hits with a 16/4 K/BB ratio across 12 1/3 innings (three appearances, two starts) this postseason. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 1:22 pm
    DTD
    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
  • Eddie Rosario leads off for Braves in NLCS Game 1
    Eddie Rosario will start in left field and lead off for the Braves on Saturday night in Game 1 of the NLCS against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Rosario has filled in admirably for Jorge Soler (COVID-19) recently, hitting .308/.357/.308 with four hits and a pair of RBI across four games this postseason. Adam Duvall will get the start in center field and righty-masher Joe Pederson will be in right field to face righty reliever Corey Knebel, who is opening a bullpen game for the Dodgers. Here's the full lineup: Eddie Rosario LF, Freddie Freeman 1B, Ozzie Albies 2B, Austin Riley 3B, Joc Pederson RF, Adam Duvall CF, Travis d'Arnaud C, Dansby Swanson SS and Max Fried P. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 11:27 am
    W, 5-0 vs NYM
     
  • Ian Anderson named Braves' NLCS Game 2 starter
    Ian Anderson will start Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday night against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Anderson will lock horns with Dodgers ace Max Scherzer in what could turn out to be a throwback pitcher's duel at Truist Park in Atlanta. That sets up veteran righty Charlie Morton to take the ball on Tuesday night in Game 3 at Dodger Stadium. The 23-year-old righty tossed five scoreless innings to pick up a win in the Braves' NLDS Game 3 victory over the Brewers earlier this week. He holds a microscopic 0.76 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 30/10 K/BB ratio across 23 2/3 innings (five starts) over the last two postseasons combined. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 10:27 am
     
  • Scherzer gets save as Dodgers advance past Giants
    Max Scherzer picked up his first ever save Thursday as the Dodgers edged the Giants to advance to the NLCS.

    Advice: Scherzer pitched around a Justin Turner error, striking out Wilmer Flores on a tough check-swing call to end the game. It was just the second time in five career postseason appearance that he avoided allowing a run. He was pitching on two days' rest after pitching seven innings of one-run ball on Monday. NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 9:39 pm
    DTD
    W, 10-3 vs Mil
     
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