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
• 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
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
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.