The Dodgers slugged their way back into the National League Championship Series with a blowout of the Braves on Tuesday night, and a record-setting 11-run first inning that may have thrown a wrench into Atlanta’s pitching plans.
Game 4 of the NLCS is so anticipated that it will be televised by both Fox and FS1 (5:08 p.m. PT, with Joe Buck and John Smoltz on the call).
The big story is the anticipated start of Clayton Kershaw, two days after he was scratched with back spasms. Given a clean bill of health from the Dodgers training staff, Kershaw was named by manager Dave Roberts as the Game 4 starter after Wednesday night’s game.
“He’s in a good place physically, and you know he’ll be prepared, so I like where we’re at.”
The Braves will counter with Bryce Wilson, the third straight rookie starting pitcher for Atlanta in this series.
Atlanta leads the best-of-7 NLCS, two games to one.
In other baseball news, the Astros stayed alive on Wednesday night, forcing a Game 5 of the American League Championship against the Rays on Thursday afternoon from Petco Park in San Diego, and will be televised by TBS. That broadcast starts at 2:07 p.m. PT, with the Dodgers and Braves occupying the nighttime slot.