Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Atlanta Braves NLCS Game 2 Pick – MLB October 17, 2021

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves have Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday night at Truist Park. The Braves edged out the Braves with a 3-2 win in Game 1 on a Austin Riley walk-off single in the 9th inning. It was a tight one with the game knotted at 2-2 after the Braves tied the game up in the 4th.

The Dodgers took a 2-1 lead in the top half of the inning, and then the Braves quickly responded to get the run back. This is despite the Dodgers leading the game in hits comfortably with 10 to 6. The Braves came up with the clutch hit in the 9th, while the Dodgers didn’t. One clutch hit is often the difference between a game in the League Championship.

Don’t tell the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros that in the ALCS, though. The Red Sox didn’t need a late clutch hit to beat the Astros in Game 2. They scored 8 runs between the first two frames to take a 8-0 lead. For the Braves, they won their game backed by a strong performance from Max Fried.

Fried allowed 8 hits and struck out 5 hitters last night. He only ended up conceding 2 earned runs on 8 hits, so had to work out of some jams. The Dodgers failed to get the clutch hit on their side. Now Game 2 puts the Dodgers in a spot where they have to win or going home to Dodger Stadium with a 2-0 deficit.

The Dodgers are still the favorites to win the NLCS. If you want to bet on the Dodgers now, you’re getting a much better price. However, they’re still decently priced favorites at around -145. Problem being the Dodgers were already without homefield advantage going into this series, and now they’re down a game.

I’m not interested in betting on the Dodgers at that price. I think the Braves are being undervalued. That said, they’re facing a tough matchup against ace Max Scherzer on Sunday night. Scherzer is coming off a closing situation in Game 5 against the San Francisco Giants. He went 1-2-3 and off came the shirt and the partying commenced.

Scherzer needs to get back to the business side of things on Sunday night. He is being called on at Truist Park in Game 2. The stakes are high with a 2-0 deficit starting at them tonight. Ian Anderson is scheduled to counter for the Braves. Head below for our free Dodgers vs. Braves pick in Game 2 of the NLCS on October 17, 2021.

LA Dodgers vs. Atlanta Braves Live Odds and Betting History:

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Moneyline Total
LA Dodgers -1.5 (-102) -164 Under 7.5 (-106)
Atlanta Braves +1.5 (-118) +151 Over 7.5 (-114)
Team Data LA Dodgers Atlanta Braves
Overall Record 110-59 92-74
Away/Home Record 50-35 45-38
Batting Average .241 .240
Batting Average Away/Home .240 .245
Runs Per 9 5.17 5.01
Team ERA 2.99 3.82
Team ERA Away/Home 3.04 3.98

Dodgers vs. Braves Prediction:

Max Scherzer went through a cold stretch at the end of the regular season. He struggled with 5 earned runs allowed against the Colorado Rockies, and then gave up 5 more earned runs in a 11-9 win over the San Diego Padres in his final regular season test.

With the starting call against St. Louis Cardinals in the Wild Card, he got back on track when it mattered most. Scherzer guided the Dodgers to a 3-1 win with a strong start. He conceded 3 hits and 1 earned run through 4.1 innings, and then the Dodgers handed the ball over to their battle tested bullpen.

Scherzer went deeper in his next outing, as he allowed 3 hits and 1 earned run across 7 innings. That run was a big one, though. All the Giants needed was a run to get a win out of that one. The Braves didn’t need to see Scherzer getting hot at the moment. He has his confidence back with Game 2 scheduled for tonight.


LA Dodgers vs. Atlanta Braves Betting Trends:

Dodgers

  • Record (Last 10): 7-3
  • 11-3 overall in their previous 14 games
  • 7-3 overall in their previous ten games versus the Braves
  • UNDER is 4-1 in their previous five games on the road
  • OVER is 5-2 in their previous seven games versus the Braves at Truist Park
  • UNDER is 5-2 in their previous seven games

Braves

  • Record (Last 10): 8-2
  • 6-1 overall in their previous seven games
  • 5-0 overall in their previous five games at Truist Park
  • UNDER is 5-0 in their previous five games
  • OVER is 5-2 in their previous seven games versus the Dodgers at Truist Park
  • UNDER is 5-1 in their previous six games versus the National League

Ian Anderson has only seen the Dodgers in 15 at-bats. It’s not much of a sample size, but he’s been in good form with the Dodgers hitting 0.56 with a .222 OBP. Anderson has been consistent this season with an ERA of 3.58 and a 1.23 WHIP.

He’s going into this one with an ERA of 3.52 and a 1.13 WHIP through 62 innings at Truist Park. You pretty well know what you’re going to receive with Anderson. In his previous three attempts, he’s been sharp with 3 earned runs allowed in 18 innings of work.

Anderson struggled in his most recent start versus a team from the NL West. The Giants got to Anderson for 5 hits and 4 earned runs in 5.2 innings. Expect Anderson to be fine in this one, but the Braves might need better than that with Scherzer starting.

Following Scherzer, the Dodgers will give the ball to a bullpen that has a 1.67 ERA in the postseason, and second in the regular season with a 3.16 ERA and 1.19 WHIP. The Dodgers likely aren’t running away from the Braves in Game 2, but I have to give the edge to Scherzer and his team to bounce back.

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