Dodgers Eager to Embrace 2020 NLCS Storyline Against Braves

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ATLANTA—The Atlanta Braves cognize what happened past October and privation to debar a repeat. The Los Angeles Dodgers program connected an encore.

Atlanta held 2-0 and 3-1 leads successful the NL Championship Series earlier the Dodgers won 3 consecutive games successful a playoff wholly astatine the neutral ballpark of Arlington, Texas, past bushed Tampa Bay for their archetypal World Series rubric since 1988.

The big Braves won the archetypal 2 games of this year’s NLCS, past LA took 2 of 3 astatine Dodger Stadium forcing a Game 6 backmost astatine Truist Park connected Saturday nighttime with the Braves inactive 1 triumph from their archetypal Series travel since 1999.

“I deliberation we’ve got a intelligence vantage close now, getting backmost connected that level and going backmost determination playing Game 6,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Friday. “History’s a almighty happening to the mind, and truthful we consciousness bully and I deliberation that we’re going to usage it to our advantage.”

Even so, Roberts acknowledged “at the extremity of the time we inactive got to spell retired determination and play a bully shot game.”

Facing elimination, the Dodgers turned up their powerfulness crippled to bushed the Braves 11-2 connected Thursday night.

First baseman Freddie Freeman says the Braves indispensable beryllium they won’t travel the aforesaid way to different collapse. Atlanta has a revamped outfield and home-field advantage.

“It seems due to the fact that each time it’s brought up the past mates days,” Freeman said of past year’s collapse. “So I don’t deliberation we person a prime until we termination that narrative. We’re up 3-2 and we’re going home. That’s a large presumption to beryllium in.”

Max Scherzer is scheduled to commencement Saturday against Atlanta’s Ian Anderson and Walker Buehler is disposable to commencement for the Dodgers connected Sunday.

“I similar the guys we’re going to beryllium moving retired determination and we conscionable got to spell retired determination and play to triumph 1 game,” Roberts said.

Los Angeles has won 7 consecutive elimination games.

Chris Taylor deed 3 homers and drove successful six runs connected Thursday night. AJ Pollock added 2 homers and drove successful 4 runs arsenic the Dodgers acceptable a franchise postseason grounds with 17 hits.

Taylor became the 11th subordinate to deed 3 homers successful a postseason crippled and the archetypal to execute the feat with his squad facing elimination.

“I deliberation for america it’s ever conscionable been astir winning 1 crippled and we effort to support that mentality each year, bash everything we tin to triumph tonight, and conscionable benignant of instrumentality it 1 time astatine a time,” Taylor said.

Anderson said Thursday the Braves are “definitely connected a ngo to benignant of dispel” the repetition of their 2020 NLCS loss.

“So, yeah, I mean, we’re inactive successful a bully spot,” Anderson said. “The vibes are inactive good.”

Anderson lasted lone 3 innings successful Atlanta’s 5-4 triumph successful Game 2. Scherzer was pulled aft 4 1/3 innings with what helium said was a dormant limb connected 2 days’ remainder aft getting his archetypal vocation prevention successful the Division Series finale astatine San Francisco.

Roberts said 36-year-old left-hander David Price is replacing left-hander Joe Kelly connected the roster. Kelly near successful the archetypal inning Thursday nighttime with tightness successful his close biceps and won’t beryllium eligible to instrumentality successful the World Series should the Dodgers advance.

Price, the 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner, was 5-2 with a 4.03 ERA successful 11 starts and 28 alleviation appearances successful the regular season. He has astatine 4.62 ERA successful 23 postseason games with Tampa Bay, Detroit, Toronto and Boston.

Roberts besides revealed Friday that left-hander Justin Bruihl wasn’t disposable successful Game 5 owed to a sore limb and whitethorn beryllium replaced. Bruihl was receiving attraction connected Friday earlier attempting to throw. He experienced the soreness portion warming up connected Thursday night.

Roberts said Bruihl “wanted to beryllium retired determination but conscionable his limb wouldn’t fto him. … We are going to bring an limb conscionable successful lawsuit helium can’t go.”

Roberts said helium has not decided connected a imaginable replacement for Bruihl.

By Charles Odum

The Associated Press

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