Con a 2-0 disadvantage in NL Championship Series, the Los Angeles Dodgers they have the Atlanta Braves right where they wanted them: at home.
The Braves’ last win at Dodger Stadium was on June 9, 2019. They have lost nine games in a row in Los Angeles, being swept in a three-game series in late August and shut out twice in the 2018 Division Series. If we go back to the 2013 Division Series, the Braves have lost 19 of their last 22 meetings in Los Angeles.
The Dodgers were 58-23 at home, the best in the majors, at the end of the regular season with a 15-game winning streak at Chavez Ravine. But as a wild card team, they have no home-field advantage in the postseason despite their 106 wins.
“We are back home”, Dodgers manager Dave Robert said Monday. “We hope to win the third game.”
“If the sayings of baseball are true, you’re only as good as the opener the next day “said star pitcher Max Scherzer, “so we have Walk on the mound and we definitely think we can win with him. Our mentality is simply to win the next game. “
The Dodgers have already been at a disadvantage against Atlanta on previous occasions. Playing last year’s postseason at a neutral site in Texas, they bounced back from a 1-3 deficit to beat Braves in Championship Series. And Los Angeles ended up winning its first World Series championship since 1988.
Charlie Morton, who is 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA in the postseason, will open for the Braves. Walker Buehler, 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA and a 16-game winner in the regular season, will rise to the mound for the Dodgers.
Buehler will take the mound after taking two days off after opening Game 4 of the Division Series with little rest a week ago.