The Dodgers are going into Game 5 of the National League Championship Series with their backs against the wall. Down 3 games to 1, Los Angeles very well could be heading home if they don’t get things going tonight in Arlington.
The Dodgers will go with rookie right-handed pitcher Dustin May to try and keep their hopes alive. May has mostly pitched out of the bullpen and come in during big spots for LA this postseason. The Braves will counter with a bullpen game after they essentially ran out of starting pitchers for the series.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) October 16, 2020
AJ Minter gets the start for Atlanta, with him likely going 1 inning. Minter has gone as many as 1.2 innings in the 2020 season, but don’t expect him in their too long. The way the Dodgers have been swinging the bats though, Minter might be able to keep his pitch count down long enough to go 2 innings.
The move to throw a left-handed pitcher to start the game was pretty much expected by the Braves. Mookie Betts has not hit southpaws very well at all, and Justin Turner has been much more effective against right-handed pitching. Corey Seager did take Minter deep in Game 2 when the Dodgers rallied late.
If you’re looking for something to be happy about as a fan, the Dodgers do face a little bit of an advantage with a bullpen game tonight. It’s slight, but at this point, we will take whatever we can get.
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