2021 MLB Playoffs: 3 Questions for the National League Championship Series


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2021 MLB Playoffs: 3 Questions for the National League Championship Series

This Thursday at Truist Park in Atlanta kicks off the National League Championship Series between the Dodgers and Braves. It will be a rematch for the Braves for the loss they suffered last year in seven games. Let’s review the three key questions from the NLCS.


1. What keeps Dave Roberts awake about the Atlanta Braves?

An infielder who averaged 30 homers per team should keep Roberts and any other major league manager awake.

Third baseman Austin Riley (33), first baseman Freddie Freeman (31), second baseman Ozzie Albies (30) and shortstop Dansby Swanson (27) combined to hit 121 of the Braves’ 239 home runs, which were only outscored by San Francisco Giants (241) in the regular season.

Riley and Freeman each hit a home run against the Milwaukee Brewers in the Division Series. Freeman’s, in the eighth inning of Game 4 against fast left-hander Josh Hader, advanced the Braves to the Championship Series.


2. What keeps Brian Snitker awake about the Dodgers?

The Dodgers keep Snitker awake. The Los Angeles team made a spectacular return to the Braves last year in the league final to advance to the World Series, which they eventually won against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Dodgers’ lineup scored 18 runs and their pitching stopped the mighty Giants in 10 runs in 44.0 innings in the Division Series. In the regular round, Roberts’ team led the National League in ERA (3.01) and runs scored (830).


3. Which team will benefit the most from home?

By Major League Baseball rules, Atlanta (88-73) has the house advantage over the Dodgers (106-56) because the latter advanced to the playoffs as Wild Card. The home start and finish advantage would manifest itself if the Braves go 2-0 out of Truist Park.

Interestingly, the Braves played better on the road (46-35) than at home (42-38), while Los Angeles was the best major league team in their fiefdom (58-23), while on the road. had a better record (48-33) than Atlanta.


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