LOS ANGELES DODGERS (43-17, 6-3) vs. Atlanta Braves (35-25, 8-1)
RHP Dustin May (1-0, 0.00) vs. LHP A.J. Minter (1-0, 3.86)
Friday, October 16, 2020 | 8:08 p.m. CT | Globe Life Field | Arlington, TX
National League Championship Series – Game 5
TV: FS1 | Radio: AM 570 (Eng.); 1020 AM (Span.), ESPN Radio.
ONE AT A TIME: The Dodgers lost Game 4 of the NLCS last
night, 10-2, and are now trailing in their best-of-seven series, 3-1,
with Game 5 on tap tonight at 8:08 p.m. CT in Arlington, TX. Los
Angeles is playing in its fifth National League Championship Series
in the last eight years and fourth in the last five seasons. The Dodgers
and Braves had 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 need three consecutive wins to move into the
World Series for the third time in the last four seasons.
Despite the fact the club only played 60 regular season
games, Los Angeles had a winning streak of three contests
or more on seven different occasions this year. For good
measure, they tacked on another in the Postseason, winning
five consecutive games against the Brewers and Padres to
advance to the NLCS.
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.
PARTY LIKE IT’S 1981: In 1981, the Dodgers roared back from
down 0-2 and won three consecutive games twice, downing Houston
in the Division Series, 3-2 and the Yankees in the Fall Classic, 4-2.
SEAGER STRONG: Dodger shortstop Corey Seager went 0-for-4
last night and is now hitting .324 (11-for-34) this Postseason with
three homers and a league-leading 11 RBI. His 1.106 OPS ranks
eighth among all playoff performers with at least 20 AB. In Game 3
of the NLCS, Seager became the second player in Postseason history
to collect an RBI in five consecutive at-bats (last two of Game 2 and
first three of Game 3), joining Carlos Beltran (2004). On
Wednesday, 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: The Dodgers hit a Postseason franchise
record five home runs in Game 3 of the NLCS with five different
players turning the trick. Among the homers was a grand slam by
Max Muncy and a three-run shot by Joc Pederson, who are now
both tied for fourth all-time on the Dodgers’ Postseason home run
list. The list: Duke Snider (11), Steve Garvey (10), Justin Turner
(9), Muncy (8), Pederson (8), Kiké Hernández (7) and Adrían
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).
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).
Game 5 Starter – RHP Dustin May: 1-0, 0.00 ERA in 3 G (1 GS)
Tossed 1.2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen Monday night against the Braves, striking out two batters and relinquishing one walk on 21 pitches, 14 of those pitches being strikes Started Game 3 of the Division Series on Thursday night, delivering a scoreless inning with one strikeout and one walk over 16 pitches
Earned his first postseason win in Game 1 of the Division Series against the Padres after firing 2.0 scoreless frames without allowing a hit or walk…retired all six batters he faced and struck out three on 27 pitches
2020 Regular Season:
Ranked amongst National League leaders (min. 50.0 IP) in ERA (2.57, 8th), opponents’ batting average (.220, T-13th), and WHIP (1.09, T-12th)
In 12 appearances (ten starts) this season, the Texas native earned a 3-1 record with a 2.57 ERA (16 ER/56.0 IP) paired with 44 strikeouts and 16 issued walks…also posted a 1.09 WHIP and produced three quality starts
Pitched out of the ‘pen twice this season (9/16 at San Diego, 9/27 vs. Los Angeles (AL)), earning a win and averaging a 0.96 ERA (1 ER/9.1 IP)…kept opposing hitters to a .161 batting average (5-for31) while recording 11 punchouts.
Has not allowed more than two earned runs in a game this season and in his Dodger career, has not allowed more than three earned runs in his 14 starts…according to STATS LLC, that streak is the longest in Dodger history for a pitcher who has not allowed three or more runs.
Has been effective against batters on both sides of the plate, limiting right-handed batters to a .198 average (21-for-106) and lefties to a .242 mark (24-for-99).
Became the first Dodger rookie to start an Opening Day since Fernando Valenzuela replaced an injured Jerry Reuss in 1981…joined Valenzuela, Hal Gregg and Henry Schmidt as the only Dodger rookies to make an Opening Day start….tossed 4.1 innings in a no-decision start on July 23 against the Giants
Career vs. Atlanta:
Has pitched against the Braves twice during his time in the Major Leagues, appearing out of the ‘pen on August 18, 2019 and throwing 2.0 innings as he allowed four earned runs on three hits…of the nine batters he faced, he walked one without recording a strikeout as he recorded the loss…also faced Atlanta in Game 1 of the NLCS, delivering 1.2 scoreless innings as he struck out two on 21 pitches
Owns a 1-0 career postseason record over five games (one start) with a 1.13 ERA (1 ER/8.0 IP) and 0.88 WHIP…has allowed four hits and three walks while striking out seven…has limited the opposition to a .167 average
Appeared in Game 1 of the Division Series out of the ‘pen and later started Game 3, pitching a combined 3.0 scoreless innings, giving up just one walk and striking out four without allowing a hit…earned his first postseason win in Game 1…was named to his second Major League postseason roster this year
In 2019, the Texas native threw in both Game 2 and Game 4 of the Divisional Series against Washington, tossing a combined 3.1 innings, allowing just one earned run on three hits with one strikeout and one walk on 47 pitches…Los Angeles unfortunately lost both of those games
TONIGHT’S GAME: The Braves and Dodgers
continue their best-of-seven National League
Championship Series tonight with their fifth 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, getting 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 34 games between
the clubs since the start of 2016, including the
postseason, Atlanta is 12-22 (.353) 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
last two series, in 2013 and 2018, 3-1.
• LHP A.J. Minter is set to make the first start of his
career, and his sixth career postseason appearance…
The 6-foot-0, 215-pound native of Tyler, TX has
pitched in three games this postseason, going 1-0
with a 3.86 ERA (1 ER/2.1 IP)…In three career
games against the Dodgers, he has allowed three
earned runs in 2.2 innings without a decision.
• RHP Dustin May makes his second start and sixth
career appearance in the postseason..The 6-foot-6,
180-pound native of Justin, TX has yet to allow
a run this postseason, going 1-0 over 4.2 innings
between three appearances..
SERIES LEAD: Atlanta beat Los Angeles, 5-1, in
Game 1 of this series on Monday night, before an 8-7
win on Tuesday 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.
• Atlanta took a 3-1 series lead with last night’s win,
and have a 3-1 lead in a playoff series for the fifth
time in franchise history…The Braves had such a
lead in the 1958 World Series, 1992 NLCS, 1995
World Series and 1999 NLCS…They would win
three of those four series.
TEN RUNS: Atlanta beat Los Angeles, 10-2 last night,
the 14th 10-run playoff game in franchise history and
the first since Game 3 of the 2002 NLDS…The Braves
have never lost a playoff game when they score 10 runs.
• Atlanta scored at least 10 runs 10 times during the
regular season, the most such games in the majors
and two more than the Padres and Yankees.
GAME 5: The Braves are set to play their 20th Game
5 of a playoff round today, and they are 6-13 (.316) in
these games…Atlanta has been outscored, 25-4, in its last
two Game 5s.
• The Braves have lost six straight Game 5s and 10 of
the last 12 such games…The Braves last won Game
5 in the 1998 NLCS, beating the Padres, 7-6.
• The Braves are 2-6 in Game 5 of the NLCS, and
have lost their last two such games.
BIG INNINGS: Atlanta scored six runs in the bottom
of the sixth inning last night, turning a 1-1 tie into a
• The Braves scored six or more runs in an inning six
different times during the regular season, tied with
Philadelphia for the most such innings in the majors,
and have now done so twice in nine games in the
postseason (Game 1 of the NLDS).
• Atlanta’s six six-run innings this season came in just
60 games, matching its total from the 162-game
2018 and 2019 seasons.
• The six-run frame tied for the second most the
franchise had ever scored in a single inning in the
postseason, trailing just a seven-run first inning in
Game 2 of the 1958 World Series vs. the Yankees,
when the franchise was in Milwaukee.
GOOD GAME: OF Marcell Ozuna produced the first
four-hit, four-RBI game in Braves postseason history,
going 4-for-5 with a double, two home runs and four
RBI…His 11 total bases were also a postseason franchise
• Ozuna had the eighth multi-homer game in Braves
postseason history, and the first since Chipper
Jones hit a pair of two-run home runs in Game 4
of the 2003 NLDS against the Cubs, a 6-4 Atlanta
victory…The only other one of these games that
came in the NLCS was by OF David Justice in
Game 6 of the 1992 LCS against Pittsburgh.
• Ozuna is the first major leaguer to collect at least
four hits and four RBI in a playoff game since
Boston’s Brock Holt in Game 3 of the 2018 ALDS
against the Yankees…Holt hit for the cycle, going
4-for-6 with five RBI.
PACHE’S RBI STREAK: 21-year-old OF Cristian
Pache had an RBI single in Atlanta’s six-run sixth inning,
and he finished the night 1-for-5…Pache has started in
center field the past three games, and has driven in a run
in each of those games.
• He is the eighth player in baseball history, his age
or younger, to drive in a run in three consecutive
postseason games…Nationals’ OF Juan Soto has
a record four straight such games, doing so in last
season’s World Series (Games 4-7)…Miguel Cabrera
(2003), Ty Cobb (1908), Rafael Devers (2018),
Avisail Garcia (2012), Freddie Lindstrom (1924) and
Brian McCann (2005) also did so in three straight
at age 21 or younger.
33 A.J. Minter
LHP • 6-0 • 215 • 27 yrs
2020 Record: 1-1, 0.83 ERA • 2019 Record: 3-4, 7.06 ERA
2020 Postseason: 1-0, 3.86 ERA • Career Postseason: 1-0, 2.08
vs. RHB: .180 (9-50, 1 HR) • vs. LHB: .240 (6-25), 0 HR
Game 5 Starting Pitcher
• Is set to make his first career start…Has made 139 career regular-season appearances,
all in relief.
• Makes his fourth appearance of the postseason, and is set to pitch in the sixth
playoff game of his career.
• Has never started a game in professional baseball.
• Per Elias, Minter will become the first pitcher in major league history to make
his first career start in the postseason.
• He last started a game in 2015, making four starts during his junior season at
Texas A&M and going 2-0 with a 0.43 ERA (1 ER/21.0 IP).
• Atlanta selected Minter in the second round of the 2015 draft and he has made
216 professional appearances, all of which have come in relief.
• Atlanta’s five starters this series have combined to make just 75 career starts in the regular season…Max Fried has 50 starts, Kyle Wright has 12, Bryse Wilson has seven, Ian Anderson has six and Minter has never started…The quintet had never started in the postseason prior to this year.
• Clayton Kershaw, who started for the Dodgers last night, has 354 regular season starts and 28 in the playoffs.
• Has pitched three career games against the Dodgers, last in 2019…Has a 10.13 ERA
(3 ER/2.2 IP) in his three appearances.
• Has faced the Dodgers in three postseason games, two of which came during
the 2018 NLDS…Has allowed just one run in 2.2 postseason innings vs. Los
• Is 8-9 with a 3.68 ERA (52 ER/127.1 IP) and 20 saves in 139 career games.
• His career FIP of 2.97 is the sixth lowest among active left-handers with at
least 100.0 innings pitched…Trails Aroldis Chapman, Clayton Kershaw, Sean
Doolittle, Josh Hader and Chris Sale.
• Pitched in 22 games and went 1-1 with a 0.83 ERA, allowing just two earned runs in 21.2 innings on the season.
• His 0.83 ERA (2 ER/21.2 IP) was the lowest in the National League and
second in the majors among left-handed pitchers (min. 20.0 IP)…Allowed just
his second earned run of the season on September 24.
• Has pitched to a 2.84 FIP this season, third lowest in the National League among lefties with as many innings pitched, behind only Drew Smyly and teammate Tyler Matzek.
• Is the only lefty in the National League (one of two in MLB) with two earned run or less in at least 20.0 IP
• Made 36 appearances with Atlanta and went 3-4 with a 7.06 ERA (23 ER/29.1
IP) and 35 strikeouts…Logged five saves.
• Opened the season on the 10-day injured list with left shoulder inflammation
and missed the first five games before being reinstated on 4/4…Made a
second trip to the IL due to left shoulder inflammation, 9/12, and missed the
remainder of the season.
• Pitched to a 4.57 FIP on the season…In 117 career games, has a 2.97 FIP and a
• Minter’s 2.49 difference in FIP and ERA in 2019 was the fifth-biggest disparity
in the majors (min. 35 games).
• Allowed the first batter he faced to bat .286 (8-for-28) and reach base at a .444
clip…The first batter logged a 1.016 OPS against him.
• Was optioned to Gwinnett on 5/9, and made three total stints with Atlanta…Was
also up from 6/11-8/1 and from 9/3 through the end of the season.
• In 20 games with Triple-A Gwinnett, went 2-2 with a 3.57 ERA (9 ER/22.2 IP)
and five saves…Fanned 30 and walked just three.
• Walked 1.2 batters per 9.0 innings with Gwinnett…Walked 7.1 batters per
9.0 innings with Atlanta.
• Was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the Competitive Balance B round (75th
overall) of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft…Signed by Darin Vaughan.
• Pitched for three seasons at Texas A&M University…Went 5-0 with a 2.00
ERA (13 ER/58.1 IP) over 56 appearances (four starts) during his collegiate
career…Moved from the bullpen to the starting rotation for his junior season
in 2015, going 2-0 with a 0.43 ERA (1 ER/21.0 IP) across four starts to open
the year before undergoing season-ending surgery