RH Charlie Morton (2-0, 0.90) vs. RH Lance McCullers Jr. (0-1, 4.09)
Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020  First Pitch: 8:37 p.m. Location: Petco Park TV: TBS  Radio: ESPN Radio.

WINNER TAKE ALL—With a win tonight, the Rays would advance to
the World Series for the second time in franchise history (2008)…tonight
is the eighth “winner take all” game in club history, with the Rays going
5-2 in the previous seven…it is their fourth in the last two postseasons
(2019-20), following the 2020 Division Series vs. NYY (2-1 win), 2019 Division Series at HOU (6-1 loss) and 2019 Wild Card Game at OAK (5-1 win)…
the Rays are the ninth team in major league history to play a “winner take
all” game in both the Division Series and League Championship Series,
joining the 2017 Yankees (lost LCS), 2012 Giants (won World Series), 2012
Cardinals (lost LCS), 2004 Astros (lost LCS), 2003 Cubs (lost LCS), 2003 Red
Sox (lost LCS), 1981 Dodgers (won World Series) and 1981 Expos (lost LCS).
– Tonight is the second Game 7 in club history, with the Rays going
4,380 days in between…the first was a 3-1 win over the Red Sox in
the 2008 ALCS resulting in the Rays only trip to the World Series.
– This is the eighth AL Championship Series to go to a Game 7 since
it was changed to a best-of-seven format prior to the 1985 season.
– Tonight is the fourth time in Rays history they will bat last in a
“winner take all” game, and they are 2-1 in the previous 3 games.
– The Rays are 9-5 all-time when facing elimination, including 4-1
over the 2019-20 postseasons…over the last two postseasons, the
Rays have hit 13 HR in their 5 games when facing elimination.
– The Rays are 24-25 all-time in the postseason and 8-5 in 2020.
– Combining regular season and postseason, the Rays have only lost
once in their last 18 series since Aug 4, going 13-1-4 in series play.
– The Rays have lost three consecutive postseason games for the
first time since 2011 (3)…their only longer postseason losing streak
spanned the 2008-10 postseasons (5)…in the 2020 regular season,
the Rays lost more than three straight once: July 29–Aug 2 (5).
TAKE TWO—This is the second straight postseason the Rays and Astros
are playing each other in a “winner take all” game…this is the first time in
major league history two teams met in a Game 5 of the Division Series one
season, and then went to a Game 7 of the League Championship Series
the very next season…according to the Elias Sports Bureau, teams have
faced each other in a “winner take all” game in back-to-back seasons seven times, most recently the Athletics and Tigers in the 2012-13 Division
Series and the Yankees and Red Sox in the 2003-04 Championship Series.
– This series is the second best-of-seven in major league history to
go to a decisive Game 7 after one team held a 3-0 series lead…the
only other time was the 2004 AL Championship Series, which saw
the Red Sox complete the series comeback against the Yankees…
in postseason history, teams are 37-1 in best-of-seven series when
leading 3-0, 74-13 when leading 3-1 and 73-32 when leading 3-2.
– The Rays would need a win tonight to avoid largest upset by
regular-season winning pct. in postseason history…there was a
184-point difference between the Rays (.667) and Astros (.483).
– Tonight’s games will see the AL pennant won by either the Rays
or Astros and includes the possibility of a Braves clinch…in major
league history, there have been 13 times (and 10 times since the
League Championship Series began in 1969) where both pennants
were won on the same day, but the last time was on Oct 14, 1992.
ABOUT THE OFFENCE—In the League Championship Series, the Rays
are batting .199 (38-for-191) with 70 SO…according to ESPN Stats & Info,
starting with Game 4 of the Division Series the Rays have hit .230 (or
below) in eight consecutive games, the longest such streak in postseason
history…only three teams have ever won a postseason series with 70 SO
(or more): 2018 Dodgers in the NLCS vs. MIL (82), 2013 Red Sox in the ALCS
vs. DET (73) and 2001 Diamondbacks in the World Series vs. NYY (70).
– The Rays are batting .179 (12-for-67) with RISP this postseason, including .140 (6-for-43) in the last 8 games and .171 (6-for-35) in the
LCS…they are hitless in their last 12 AB with RISP, with the last hit
coming in Game 4 (Ji-Man Choi infield single)…their last run-scoring hit with RISP came in Game 3 (Hunter Renfroe 2-run double).
– The Rays have scored a combined 24 runs (3.0 R/G) in their last 8
games, with 3 runs (or fewer) in five of 8 games over that stretch.
– 71.7 pct. (38 of 53) of the Rays runs this postseason have come on
home runs, compared to 41.5 pct. (120 of 289) during the regular
season…22.6 pct. (12 of 53) of their runs this postseason have come
on solo homers…the Rays have hit 23 HR, most in the majors…the
Rays have increased their HR/G from 1.33 in the regular season to
1.77 in the postseason, but their R/G has dropped from 4.82 to 4.08.
– Petco Park has seen 48 HR in 14 games this postseason…teams are
28-4 this postseason when they outhomer their opponent—but
the Rays have won once when outhomered and lost twice when
outhomering their opponent…Games 5-6 marked the first time the
Rays lost back-to-back games when hitting 2 HR (or more) in each
since July 16-18, 2019 at NYY (2), and first time in the postseason
since the 2011 ALDS…the Rays are 5-2 this postseason when they
outhomer their opponent and 5-3 when hitting 2 HR (or more), after going 20-2 and 20-4, respectively, during the regular season.
– Last night was the first time the Rays lost a postseason game when
scoring first since Game 4 of the 2013 ALDS vs. BOS (led 1-0, lost
3-1)…they fell to 5-1 this postseason when scoring first, after going
a major-league-best 25-6 (.806) when doing so in the reg. season.
THE LONG BALL—The Rays have allowed 21 HR this postseason, tied for
most in the majors…76.2 pct. (16 of 21) of their homers allowed have been
solo, and 61.7 pct. (29 of 47) of their runs allowed have come on homers…
the Rays have allowed at least 1 HR in 12 consecutive postseason games,
starting with Game 2 of the Wild Card Series vs. TOR…this is their longest
such streak since July 27–Aug 10, 2019 (12) and is tied for the 5th-longest
streak in postseason history, and longest since the 2016-17 Dodgers (18).
– In the League Championship Series, the Rays have allowed four
1st-inning homers, one shy of their total from the 2008-19 postseasons combined…the four 1st-inning homers are tied for the 2ndmost allowed in a postseason series—the only team to allow five
in a single series was the Red Sox in the 2008 ALCS vs. the Rays.
– Combining regular season and postseason, the Rays have a majorleague-record 13 different pitchers with a save and are 35-1, 32-0
and 39-0 when leading after 6, 7 and 8 innings, respectively.
CHARLIE 2.0—Charlie Morton has made 3 apps (2 starts) in “winner take
all” games, going 3-0 with a 0.64 ERA (14-IP, 2-R/1-ER) in them…he is the
only pitcher in major league history to record the win in three “winner
take all” games, winning the 2019 Wild Card Game at OAK, Game 7 of the
2017 World Series at LAD (with HOU) and Game 7 of the 2017 ALCS vs.
NYY (with HOU)…in addition, his four career wins in potential elimination games are tied with five others for the most in major league history.
– Morton and Lance McCullers Jr. both pitched in Game 7 of the
2017 World Series at LAD and Game 7 of the 2017 ALCS vs. NYY…
according to the Elias Sports Bureau, they are the first duo in postseason history to pitch in the same “winner take all” game as teammates, then start against each other in a “winner take all” game.
– Morton will become the first pitcher to start a Game 7 against a
former team since NYY Roger Clemens in the 2003 ALCS vs. BOS.
– Morton is unbeaten in his last eight postseason apps (7 starts) since
Game 7 of the 2017 ALCS vs. NYY (with Houston), going 6-0 with
a 1.67 ERA (37.2-IP, 7-ER) over that stretch…in Game 2 vs. HOU, he
became the fifth pitcher in postseason history to start and win four
straight decisions (with no relief apps in between) and allow 1 ER
(or fewer) in each outing…he joined PHI/ARI Curt Schilling (5) in
1993–2001, NYY Masahiro Tanaka (4) in 2017-19, NYY Whitey
Ford (4) in 1960-61 and NYG Christy Matthewson (4) in 1905-11.
MAR-GOAT—Last night Manuel Margot became the first player in major
league history to have a multi-HR game in the postseason after hitting
1 HR (or fewer) during the regular season, according to the Elias Sports
Bureau…it was the sixth multi-HR game in Rays postseason history, first
since Yandy Díaz in the 2019 AL Wild Card Game at OAK…Margot has
5 HR and 11 RBI this postseason, compared to 1 HR and 11 RBI during the
regular season…since RBI became an official stat (1920), Margot and NYY
Giancarlo Stanton in 2020 are the only players to record at least 10 RBI
in the regular season and match or exceed their total in the postseason.

2020 ALDS Game 5 vs. NYY W, 2-1 Diego Castillo Aroldis Chapman —
2019 ALDS Game 5 at HOU L, 1-6 Gerrit Cole Tyler Glasnow 43,418
2019 AL Wild Card Game at OAK W, 5-1 Charlie Morton Sean Manaea 54,005
2013 AL Wild Card Game at CLE W, 4-0 Alex Cobb Danny Salazar 43,579
2013 AL Tiebreaker Game at TEX W, 5-2 David Price Martín Pérez 42,796
2010 ALDS Game 5 vs. TEX L, 1-5 Cliff Lee David Price 41,845
2008 ALCS Game 7 vs. BOS W, 3-1 Matt Garza Jon Lester 40,473

2019 TB AL Wild Card Game at OAK W, 5-1 GS/W, 5-IP, 5-H, 1-R/0-ER, 3-BB, 4-SO
2017 HOU World Series Game 7 at LAD W, 5-1 W, 4-IP, 2-H, 1-R/ER, 1-BB, 4-SO
2017 HOU ALCS Game 7 vs. NYY W, 4-0 GS/W, 5-IP, 2-H, 0-R, 1-BB, 5-SO

TONIGHT’S GAME 7!: Houston is trying to
become just the second team in MLB history to rally
from a 3-0 deficit in a seven-game series.
UP OFF THE MAT: The Astros became the 39th
team in MLB history to go down 3-0 in a seven-game
series, just the fourth team, out of the 39, to force a
Game 6 and are just the second team out of that group
to force a Game 7…the only other team to force a
Game 7 after being down 3-0 in a series was the 2004
Red Sox, who went on to win that Game 7 of the ALCS
against the Yankees en route to a World Series title.
ONE WIN AWAY: A win tonight would advance the
Astros to their third World Series appearance in the last
four years and their fourth in franchise history (2005,
2017, 2019)…the Astros lost the 2005 World Series in
four games to the White Sox, defeated the Dodgers
in seven games in 2017 and lost a nail-biter to the
Nationals in seven games last season…the last team
to advance to at least three World Series in a four-year
span were the 1998-2001 Yankees, who made four
straight Fall Classics, winning three.
GAME 7 HISTORY: The Astros have played in a
Game 7 four times in franchise history, going 2-2 in
those contests…their wins both came in 2017, as they
dispatched the Yankees in the ALCS and the Dodgers
in the World Series…the losses are unfortunately just
as memorable, in the 2004 ALCS to the Cardinals and
in the 2019 World Series to the Nationals.
SPEAKING OF GAME 7s: Tonight’s opposing
starters will forever be linked together in Astros lore
as the duo that started and closed both Game 7s in
the 2017 Astros World Series run…they started it in the
ALCS, in which RHP Charlie Morton (5IP) started and
won, while RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (4IP) relieved
him and earned the save…then in the World Series,
McCullers (2.1IP) started, while Morton (4IP) relieved
him for the win…per Elias, they are the first pair of
players in postseason history to pitch in the same
winner-take-all game as teammates and then later
start against each other in a winner-take-all game.
BIG GAME LANCE: RHP Lance McCullers Jr. has
gone 1-1 with a save and a 2.93 ERA (14ER/43IP) in 13
career postseason apps. (six starts)…in those outings,
he’s held opponents to a .201 average…McCullers
started Game 2 of this series, tossing 7.0 innings,
while fanning 11 and allowing four runs (one earned).
STARTING STRONG: The pitching in this series
has been incredible, headlined by the five Astros starters, which have combined for a 1.96 ERA (7ER/32IP)…
they’ve posted 40 strikeouts in 32.0 innings pitched.
POWER FIVE: Per Elias, 2B Jose Altuve, 3B Alex
Bregman, SS Carlos Correa, 1B Yuli Gurriel and OF
George Springer have played in more postseason
games together than any other group of five teammates in MLB history (56 games)…Altuve and Correa
have played 59 postseason games together in the field,
the most by any 2B/SS duo in MLB history.

AT THE HELM: Dusty Baker is the first manager in
MLB history to take five different teams to the postseason, also the Giants (1997, 2000, 2002), Cubs (2003),
Reds (2010, 2012-13) and Nationals (2016-17)…Baker,
who’s 31-36 all-time in the postseason, is in his third
LCS as a manager, also reaching the NLCS with the
Giants (2002) and Cubs (2003)…tonight will be Baker’s
ninth career winner-take-all game as a manager, the
most all time, breaking a tie with Bobby Cox.
14th appearance in the postseason in club history in
what is the 59th year of the franchise that began in
1962…this group of Astros has won a postseason
series in four straight seasons (2017-20), leading all
MLB teams in postseason games (56) and wins (33) in
that time frame…in both categories, the Astros top the
Dodgers (46g, 27 wins) and Yankees (34g, 18 wins).
GAME 6 WIN: The Astros forced a Game 7 with a
7-4 win last night over the Rays at Petco Park in San Diego…LHP Framber Valdez (1ER/6IP) earned his third
win of the postseason, fanning nine in his 6.0 innings
of work…the Astros did their damage in a four-run 5th
inning, which included a go-ahead, two-run single by
CF George Springer…SS Carlos Correa had another
big game, going 3×5 with an RBI…RF Kyle Tucker
connected for his first career postseason homer.
RBI MACHINE: SS Carlos Correa is hitting .372
(16×43) and leads the club in homers (6), RBI (15) and
OPS (1.285) this postseason…he’s upped his career
postseason RBI total to 48, which are the most in club
history, and rank tied for seventh in MLB history.

  1. Bernie Williams: 80 T4. David Ortiz: 61
  2. Manny Ramirez: 78 6. Albert Pujols: 54
  3. David Justice: 63 T7. Carlos Correa: 48
    T4. Derek Jeter: 61 T7. Reggie Jackson: 48
    HEAVY HITTERS: In Game 5, OF George Springer
    hit his 19th career postseason homer, which ranks tied
    for fourth in MLB history along with 1B Albert Pujols.
  4. Manny Ramirez: 29 T4. George Springer: 19
  5. Bernie Williams: 22 T5. Jose Altuve: 18
  6. Derek Jeter: 20 T5. Reggie Jackson: 18
    T4. Albert Pujols: 19 T5. Mickey Mantle: 18
    SECOND TO NONE: 2B Jose Altuve has been
    arguably the best second baseman in postseason
    history, as he leads that position in career postseason
    homers (18) and RBI (39), and ranks tied for first in
    hits (72), along with Roberto Alomar (72)…in his 2020
    postseason, Altuve has hit .364 (16×44) with five homers, 11 RBI and a 1.250 OPS in his 12 games played.

RHP Lance McCullers Jr.

LAST START – ALCS GAME 2 at TB: had arguably the most dominant start
of his postseason career, striking out a postseason career-high 11 batters
over a postseason career-high 7.0 innings pitched…gave up 4 runs,
but just 1 was earned…gave up 4 hits and no walks while receiving his
first-career postseason loss in Houston’s 4-2 defeat.
• his 11 punchouts ranked 6th in Astros history for a single postseason
game, and marked the most by an Astros pitcher since Gerrit Cole’s
15-strikeout performance in Game 2 of the 2019 ALDS vs. TB.
• joined Cole (2018 ALDS Game 2 vs. CLE, 12 K) as the only Astros pitchers to post 11+ strikeouts without walking a batter in a single postseason
• became the 2nd pitcher in MLB history to suffer a loss in the postseason
after allowing 1 run-or-fewer while fanning 11+ batters without a walk…
the only other to do it was Brooklyn’s Don Newcombe in Game 1 of the
1949 World Series against the Yankees.
BIG GAME LANCE: is making his 2nd-career start in a Game 7 of a postseason series, and his 3rd overall appearance.
• has posted 1 save with a 0.00 ERA (0ER/6.1IP), 9 strikeouts, 1 walk and
4 hits allowed (0.79 WHIP) in his career pitching in Game 7.
• will become the 1st Astros pitcher to make multiple Game 7 starts.
• tonight will mark the 6th time in his career that he takes the mound with
a chance to clinch a postseason series for Houston…in 5 appearances
(2 starts) in potential series clinching games, has gone 0-0 with 1
save, a 2.16 ERA (4ER/16.2IP), 11 hits, 5 walks, 20 K’s, 0.96 WHIP.
• was the starting pitcher in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series at Dodger
Stadium (0ER/2.1IP).
• famously threw 24 straight curveballs to end Game 7 of the 2017 ALCS
vs. NYY, recording the save with 4.0 shutout innings…was the 7th save
of at least 4.0 innings in MLB postseason history, and the first since
Madison Bumgarner’s save in Game 7 of the 2014 World Series…
became the 1st pitcher in MLB history to strike out at least 6 batters in
a postseason save.
LANCE AND CHARLIE: tonight’s starting pitchers will join a group of 7 pitchers ever to appear in Game 7 of a postseason series at least 3 times.
• that group consists of Roger Clemens, who made 4 Game 7 appearances in his career, and the following pitchers who all appeared in Game
7 on 3 occasions: Bob Turley, Mike Stanton, John Smoltz, Mariano
Rivera, Felix Heredia and Bob Gibson.
• McCullers Jr. and Morton both played prominent roles for Houston
in Game 7 of the 2017 ALCS and Game 7 of the 2017 World Series…
McCullers Jr. tossed a 4.0-inning save in Game 7 of the 2017 ALCS after
Morton started the game with 5.0 innings of 1-run ball…McCullers Jr. then
started Game 7 of the World Series (0ER/2.1IP), while Morton finished
the game with 4.0 innings of 1-run relief to give Houston its first-ever
World Series title.
THE RETURN: has made a successful recovery from Tommy John surgery
(Nov. 6, 2018)…made 11 starts for the Astros during the 2020 regular
season, after missing all of 2019.
• finished the 2020 season on a solid run…over his final 8 starts of the
regular season, went 2-2 with a 2.18 ERA (10ER/41.1IP), 13 walks, 45
strikeouts and a .182 opponent average (26×143)

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Atlanta Braves (35-25, 8-2) vs. LOS ANGELES DODGERS (43-17, 7-3)
LHP Max Fried (0-0, 2.65) vs. RHP Walker Buehler (0-0, 2.77)
Saturday, October 17, 2020 | 3:38 p.m. CT | Globe Life Field | Arlington, TX
National League Championship Series – Game 6

TODAY’S GAME: The Braves and Dodgers continue
their best-of-seven National League Championship
Series tonight with their sixth 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 35 games between
the clubs since the start of 2016, including the
postseason, Atlanta is 12-23 (.343) 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 Max Fried started Game 1 of the series and
held the Dodgers to one run over 6.0 innings…
The 6-foot-4, 190-pound left-hander was born
in Santa Monica, Calif., and attended Harvard Westlake Upper School, located 14 miles from Dodger Stadium, for his final year of high school.
• RHP Walker Buehler
is set for his 10th career
postseason start and his third playoff start versus
Atlanta…He started against Fried in Game 1 and
walked five while allowing one run in 5.0 innings…
The 6-foot-2, 175-pound native of Crestview Hills,
Ky., has won both of his regular season starts versus
the Braves, going 2-0 with a 2.92 ERA.
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 Thursday night’s
win, and had 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.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SNIT!: Braves manager Brian
Snitker celebrates his 65th birthday today.
• Snitker completed his 44th season in the Braves
organization in 2020, and his fourth full campaign
as the Braves manager… He is 353-317 (.527) at the
major league level and was named NL Manager of
the Year in 2018
GAME 6: The Braves are set to play their 15th Game
6 of a playoff round today, and they are 4-10 (.286) in
these games…The Braves won the last Game 6 they played,
beating the Mets, 10-9, in the 1999 NLCS.
• The Braves are 3-4 in Game 6 of the NLCS,
winning in 1991, 1996 and 1999.
PACHE’S RBI STREAK: 21-year-old Cristian Pache
had an RBI single in Atlanta’s second inning last night,
and he finished the night 1-for-3…Pache has started in
center field the past four games, and has driven in a run
in each of those games.
• He is just the second player in baseball history, his
age or younger, to drive in a run in four consecutive
postseason games…Nationals’ OF Juan Soto is the
only other player to do so, driving in runs in Games
4-7 of last year’s World Series.
POSTSEASON RECORD: Travis d’Arnaud went
1-for-3 last night and drove in two…He has 10 RBI
this postseason, most by a Braves catcher in a single
postseason in franchise history.
• Javy López held the previous record, driving in nine
in 1995.
• d’Arnaud plated seven runs during the NLDS, and
has three so far in this series.
• His 10 RBI are the most by a catcher in a postseason
in 10 years, when Mike Napoli drove in 13 and
Yadier Molina plated 12 in 2011.
GAME 1 REDUX: Today’s starting pitchers both started
Game 1 of this series, which Atlanta would win, 5-1.
Atlanta starter Max Fried held the Dodgers to
four hits and one run over 6.0 innings… He struck
out a postseason career-high nine, tying the most
by a Braves left-hander in playoff history…Mike
Hampton fanned nine in Game 2 of the 2003
NLDS, and Steve Avery struck out nine twice
(Game 2 of the 1991 NLCS and Game 3 of the
1992 World Series).
Dodgers right-hander Walker Buehler limited
Atlanta to three hits and one run over 5.0 innings,
and walked a career-most five batters…He struck
out seven hitters on the night and has fanned at least
seven in each of his nine career postseason starts…
That run matches Hall-of-Famer Randy Johnson
for the most consecutive games with at least seven
strikeouts in the postseason.
LEAD AFTER FIVE: Atlanta led Los Angeles, 2-1,
after five innings last night before allowing three runs
in both the sixth and seventh innings…The loss was the
Braves’ second of the season when leading after five.
• Atlanta was 26-1 when leading after five innings
prior to last night’s game, the best record in the NL.
• Los Angeles was 7-7 in the regular season when
trailing after five, the only team in baseball without
a losing record.

ONE DOWN, TWO TO GO: The Dodgers stormed back from an
early two-run deficit and pulled to within two games of their third
pennant in four years with a 7-3 victory in Game 5 of the NLCS last
night. The Boys in Blue will look to even the series in an afternoon
tilt at Globe Life Field today vs. the Braves in Game 6 at 3:38 p.m.
CT. 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 have met three previous times in
the Postseason, all in the NLDS (1996, 2013 and 2018).
The Dodgers have now won two straight NLCS elimination
games and need to win a third today to advance to Game 7.
Los Angeles is 6-6 all-time in NLCS elimination contests.
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 X 2: Dodger shortstop Corey Seager went 2-
for-4 with two homers and three RBI last night and is now hitting
.324 (13-for-38) this Postseason with a league-leading five homers
and 14 RBI. His 1.251 OPS ranks fifth among all playoff performers
with at least 20 AB. Seager is the first player in NLCS history with
both four homers and 10 RBI and he has currently tied the NLCS
records for homers and RBI in one NLCS.
His five home runs and 14 RBI this postseason are tied for
the most by any Dodger in a single postseason, matching
Davey Lopes’s five homers in 1978 and Justin Turner’s
14 RBI in 2017.
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
POSTSEASON POWER: The Dodgers belted three home runs last
night after hitting a Postseason franchise record five home runs in
Game 3 of the NLCS with five different players turning the trick.
Corey Seager’s two-homer night allows him to creep up into a tie
for fourth all-time on the Dodgers’ Postseason home run list. The
list: Duke Snider (11), Steve Garvey (10), Justin Turner (9), Max
Muncy (8), Joc Pederson (8), Seager (8), Kiké Hernández (7) and
Adrían González (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).
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)
2020 Los Angeles Dodgers 43-17 (.717) ???

WALK OF LIFE: Dodger right-hander Walker Buehler will get
the start today for Game 6 of the NLCS and this will also mark his
fourth postseason start of 2020, following two outings of 4.0 innings
apiece vs. the Brewers and Padres and a solid outing vs. Atlanta in
Game 1 of the NLCS (5.0 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 5 BB, 7 K). Thus far, he has
posted a 2.77 ERA (4 ER/13.0 IP) while striking out 23 and holding
the opposition to just eight hits (8-for-47, .170). Tonight, will be
Buehler’s 10th career Postseason start and he is 1-1 with a 2.74 ERA
(15 ER/49.1 IP) and 67 strikeouts against 21 walks. This will be
Buehler’s fourth NLCS start and he is 0-1 with a 3.24 ERA (6
ER/16.2 IP) and 22 strikeouts in his previous three outings against
the Brewers in 2018 (Games 3 and 7) and Game 1 this year. Overall,
the Dodgers are 5-4 in the Postseason when Buehler starts.
Despite several short outings, Buehler has struck out at least
seven batters in each of his previous nine Postseason starts.
According to Elias, the only other pitcher who has ever had
a Postseason streak that long is Randy Johnson, who had
nine straight starts of seven or more Ks from Oct. 5, 1997-
Nov. 3, 2001.
With two trips to the injured list due to a blister on his right
hand, Buehler went 1-0 with a 3.44 ERA (14 ER/36.2 IP)
and 42 strikeouts in eight starts. He limited the opposition
to a .178 average and registered a 0.95 WHIP.
FAST EDDY: Designated hitter Edwin Ríos drove in both runs for
Los Angeles in Game 4 of the NLCS, clocking the first-ever home
run by a DH in a National League Championship Series game. The
homer was the fourth Postseason long ball all-time by a Dodger
designated hitter. The others were hit by Matt Kemp (Game 1 2018
WS), Joc Pederson (Game 4 2017 WS) and Mike Davis (Game 5
1988 WS).
OCTOBER RED: Dodger third baseman Justin Turner went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored last night, adding to his record
for most career Postseason hits by a Dodger with 70. The 2017 All Star set the record in Game 3 of the NLDS vs. San Diego, surpassing
Steve Garvey (63). Turner also holds the club record for Postseason
RBI with 38 and playoff doubles with 15. In 64 career postseason
games (all with L.A.), Turner has hit .294 (70-for-238) with nine
homers, 14 doubles and an .872 OPS.
The infielder ended the season having reached base safely
in 31 consecutive games with a plate appearance, doing so
from Aug. 4-Sept. 27, the longest on-base streak of his
career (previous high: 28, 2011). It marked the second
longest streak in the Majors this year behind only Freddie
Freeman’s 33-game on-base streak from Aug. 11-Sept. 18.

Among players with 150 or more AB, Turner ranked
among the NL leaders in average (.307, 13th) and OBP
(.400, T-9th). He reached 1,000 career hits with a second-inning double on August 11 against the Padres.
Turner was the Dodgers’ nominee for the Roberto Clemente
Award for the third time in four years (also: 2017, ’18) and
won his third-career Roy Campanella Award as the most
inspirational Dodger.
WHERE THERE’S A WILL: Dodger catcher Will Smith had a
game for the ages in Game 3 of the NLDS vs. San Diego, going 5-
for-6 with two doubles and three RBI. Smith became the first Dodger
to collect five hits in a playoff game and was also the youngest player
and first catcher in Postseason history with a five-hit contest (25
years, 194 days).

MOOKIE MAGIC: After signing a 12-year contract extension that
will keep him in Dodger blue through 2032 prior to Opening
Day, Mookie Betts made a bid to join Frank Robinson as the only
player to win the MVP award in both leagues. Betts ranked among
the NL leaders in hits (64, T-10th), runs (47, 4th), batting average
(.292, 16th), OBP (.366, 17th), SLG (.562, 13th), steals (10, T-5th) and
homers (16, T-3rd). Betts went 18-for-41 (.439) with runners in
scoring position, the third best mark in the Majors, and was at his
best late in games, posting a .343 (24-for70)/.370/.643 slashline from the seventh inning and later.
Betts, 28, has hit safely in eight of 10 playoff games this
year, going 11-for-37 (.297) with five doubles and five RBI.
13 of his 31 playoff hits have gone for extra-bases (12
doubles, one homer).
On Aug. 13, he homered three times against the Padres,
joining Hall-of-Famer Johnny Mize and Sammy Sosa as the
only players in MLB history with six career three-homer
games. Betts also collected career-hit No. 1,000 on Aug. 27
vs. San Francisco.

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