TONIGHT’S GAME: The Braves and Dodgers
continue their best-of-seven National League
Championship Series tonight with their third meeting
of the season…The 2020 NLCS marks the fourth
postseason series between the two clubs.
• Atlanta and Los Angeles did not play during the
regular season, and last met in 2019…The Braves
went 2-4 in six games against the Dodgers last
season, being swept at Dodger Stadium and
winning two-of-three in Atlanta.
• The Braves’ series win against the Dodgers last
season was their first since also taking two-of-three
from Los Angeles in 2015…In 32 games between
the clubs since the start of 2016, including the
postseason, Atlanta is 11-21 (.344) vs. Los Angeles.
• The Braves and Dodgers have met three times
in postseason play, all of which have come in the
Division Series…Atlanta swept Los Angeles in the
1996 NLDS, while Los Angeles has won each of the
past two series, in 2013 and 2018, 3-1.
• RHP Kyle Wright has never faced Los Angeles…
The 6-foot-4, 215-pound native of Huntsville,
AL made his postseason debut with the start in
Game 3 of the NLDS and blanked Miami over 6.0
innings, becoming just the fifth player in franchise
history to throw at least 6.0 scoreless frames in
their playoff debut.
• LHP Julio Urías is set for his second career
postseason start and 15th playoff appearance…The
6-foot-0, 215-pound native of Culiacan, Mexico
is 4-2 with a 3.42 ERA (9 ER/23.2 IP) in his
postseason career, including 8.0 innings without an
earned run in two relief appearances this season…
Urías has made two career appearances against
Atlanta, pitching 4.0 scoreless innings.
2-0 LEAD: Atlanta beat Los Angeles, 5-1, in Game
1 of this series on Monday night, before an 8-7 win
yesterday to take a 2-0 lead in the series.
• The Braves have previously gone 2-0 in a
postseason series 14 times in franchise history, and
are 12-2 (.857) in these sets…They have never lost
a Championship Series when taking a 2-0 lead.
• The Braves took a 2-0 lead in the 1992 LCS
vs. Pittsburgh and won in seven games, swept
Cincinnati in 1995, and went up 2-0 over the Mets
in 1999 before winning in six.
SCORING EARLY: Freddie Freeman’s fourth-inning
home run last night gave Atlanta a 2-0 lead, and the
Braves have now scored first in each of their seven
games this postseason.
• The Braves went 24-6 (.800) when scoring first
during the regular season, the best mark in the
National League and second best in the majors
(Tampa Bay, 25-6, .806).
• Atlanta pitchers have thrown 67 innings this
postseason and trailed in just five of them, with all
five coming in Game 1 of the NLDS vs. Miami.
The Dodgers are looking to climb out of an 0-2 hole following
last night’s 8-7 loss in Game 2. Los Angeles is playing in its fifth
National League Championship Series in the past eight years and
fourth in the past five seasons. The Dodgers and Braves have never
met in a Postseason series with a World Series berth on the line, but
have met three previous times, all in the NLDS (1996, 2013 and
2018). Los Angeles beat the Braves 3-1 in both the 2013 and 2018
NLDS. Atlanta swept the Dodgers in the 1996 NLDS.
The Dodgers have come back from 0-2 deficits four times
in their postseason history:
1955 World Series vs. NYY (best of seven), won series 4-3
1965 World Series vs. MIN (best of seven), won series 4-3
1981 NLDS vs. HOU (best of five), won series 3-2
1981 World Series vs. NYY (best of seven), won series 4-2
To reach the NLCS, the Dodgers swept the Padres, 3-0, and
the Braves swept the Marlins, 3-0. The Braves have not lost
a Postseason game in 2020.
Since 1969, when the League Championship Series was
introduced to Major League Baseball, the Dodgers have
appeared in the LCS 14 times, which is tied with the
Cardinals for the most in the National League. The Dodgers
and Braves (11) are two of seven franchises that have
appeared in the LCS 10+ times.
SEAGER STRONG: Dodger shortstop Corey Seager went 2-for-4
with a walk, three-run homer and four RBI last night to raise his 2020
Postseason average to .308 (8-for-26). His 1.060 OPS ranks ninth
among all playoff performers with at least 20 AB. Earlier today, it
was announced that Seager was one of seven National League
finalists for the Hank Aaron Award, given to the most outstanding
regular season offensive performer in each league.
POSTSEASON POWER: Dodger infielder/outfielder Kiké
Hernández earned the start in Game 1 Monday night and delivered
a solo homer in the fifth inning, his first of the 2020 Postseason and
his seventh since 2017, which is tied with Justin Turner and Max
Muncy for the most by a Dodger over the last four years. Muncy hit
his seventh Postseason homer last night and this trio is inching closer
to the top of the Dodger Postseason list, which is led by Duke Snider
(11), Steve Garvey (10), Hernández (7), Joc Pederson (7), Adrían
González and Muncy (7).
EIGHT’S NOT ENOUGH: The Dodgers went 43-17 in the 60-
game season to win their record eighth straight NL West title with
the best record in the Majors. The club’s .717 winning percentage
was the best in franchise history and marked the seventh time in club
history that the Dodgers posted the Majors’ best mark (last: 2017).
Los Angeles has topped the National League in wins in three of the
last four seasons (2017, ’19, ’20) and seven times in the divisional
era (since 1969, 23rd time overall).
The Dodgers won a division title for the eighth straight year, something
only two other franchises have accomplished:
MLB All-Time – Most Consecutive Division Titles
Braves, 1991-2005 14
Yankees, 1998-2006 9
Dodgers, 2013-2020 8 (active streak)
Source: Stats, LLC
The Dodgers reached the World Series in each of their six
previous seasons with the best record in the Majors:
Dodgers Finishing w/MLB’s Best Record, All-time
1949 Brooklyn Dodgers (tied) 97-57 (.630) Lost WS (4-1 NYY)
1952 Brooklyn Dodgers 96-57 (.627) Lost WS (4-3 NYY)
1953 Brooklyn Dodgers 105-49 (.682) Lost WS (4-2 NYY)
1955 Brooklyn Dodgers 98-55 (.641) Won WS (4-3 vs NYY)
1974 Los Angeles Dodgers 102-60 (.630) Lost WS (4-1 Oak)
2017 Los Angeles Dodgers 104-58 (.642) Lost WS (4-3 Hou)