Move over, Reggie Jackson! Major League Baseball has a new Mr. October. Corey Seager hit his fifth home run of the National League Championship Series to get the scoring started for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning on Saturday in Game Six of the NLCS to lead Los Angeles to a 3-1 series-tying win over the Atlanta Braves.
Justin Turner followed Seager with a home run to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead just three batters into the game, which would be all that Los Angeles needed to send the NLCS to a decisive Game Seven on Sunday. The Dodgers added one more run to take a three-run lead after one inning, and Walker Buehler pitched six scoreless innings to get the win. Ronald Acuna, Jr had an RBI double in the seventh inning for Atlanta for their only run, while Dansby Swanson had three hits in the loss.
Braves looking for first World Series appearance since 1999It’s been a long time since the Atlanta Braves were in position to claim baseball’s highest prize, but they will have to wait at least one more day to gain admittance to their first World Series in 21 years, where they were swept by the New York Yankees. The Braves, who have played in Milwaukee and Boston before moving to Atlanta, are facing their seventh Game Seven in their history, going 4-2 in their previous six. Their last Game Seven was in the 1996 NLCS, as they beat the St. Louis Cardinals to head to the 1996 World Series.
Freddie Freeman, who was just 1-4 in Game Six, is still batting .409 in the NLCS and .300 overall in the postseason. He has a hit in each of his last seven games. Marcell Ozuna leads the Braves in home runs in the postseason with three, while Travis d’Arnaud haS 10 RBI in the playoffs. The Braves pitching staff hasn’t pitched as well during this series as they did earlier in the playoffs. They came into this series with a playoff ERA under 1.00, but they have given up 35 runs in the six games of this series.
Atlanta sends their best starter of the playoffs to the mound to try and clinch the series. Ian Anderson has been incredible in his three postseason starts, giving up just six hits and zero runs in 15.2 innings, while striking out 22 batters. In his last outing, in Game Two, he gave up just one hit to the Dodgers in four innings, but walked five batters. In the regular season, Anderson was 3-2 with a 1.95 ERA in six starts.
Dodgers looking to complete series comebackThings didn’t look good for the Los Angeles Dodgers after Thursday night’s 10-2 loss to the Braves, as they found themselves in a 3-1 hole, a position in which only 15% of teams have ever come back from in baseball history. The Dodgers aren’t just any team, however, as they won 43 games in the regular season, which translates to 116 wins over a 162-game season, which would have tied the major league record. Los Angeles is not going to go down without a fight. They have played in eight previous Game Sevens, going 4-4 in their history in Los Angeles and Brooklyn. Their last Game Seven was in the 2018 NLCS, in which they beat the Milwaukee Brewers to advance to the World Series.
Seager, who hit .307 with 15 home runs in the regular season, has been the best player in the National League in the postseason. He has a total of six home runs, 15 RBI, and four doubles. In this series alone, he is batting .375 with 11 RBI. Mookie Betts, who has hits in four of the six games in the series, has raised his batting average in the postseason to .297, while playing phenomenal defense in the outfield. Closer Kenley Jansen, who has struggled at times this season, has regained his form in this series. He has dominated the Braves in his three appearances in the NLCS, retiring all nine batters that he has faced.
"You can just see the confidence he has on the mound, attacking guys," Turner said on espn.com. "That's the Kenley Jansen I and all of us in there know and love."
The Dodgers have not announced their starter for Game Seven.