The Red Sox look to take command of the ALCS Tuesday while the Dodgers look to get back into the NLCS.
Atlanta Braves @ Los Angeles Dodgers (ATL leads 2-0)
The Dodgers will host the Braves Tuesday as the NLCS shifts to Dodger Stadium. After a pair of walk-off losses, Los Angeles is hoping to start some momentum on their side to avoid a 3-0 hole.
“We’ve kind of got our backs against the wall, and hopefully I can get us deep into it and get us a victory here at home,” Buehler said.
It’s true, the Dodgers were down 3-1 in the NLCS a year ago and came back to win the final three games to move on to the World Series. That’s no way to live against a team as hot as the Braves. There is no room for error this season and the Dodgers remain confident they will send the series back to Atlanta.
"My expectation is that Justin will be in the lineup tomorrow." Dave Roberts with an update on Justin Turner's status for Game 3 and the plan for the #Dodgers starters & bullpen moving forward. pic.twitter.com/9sh1ncZw85— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) October 18, 2021
Atlanta will hand the ball to Charlie Morton, making it the fourth time in five seasons the right-hander has appeared in an LCS, including 2017 and 2018 with the Astros. Also, the third time in five years that Morton will face the Dodgers in the postseason after pitching for the Rays in last year’s World Series.
NLCS Game 3 info
Pitching probables: Charlie Morton (ATL) vs. Walker Buehler (LAD)
Time: 2:08 p.m. PT
Houston Astros @ Boston Red Sox (BOS leads 2-1)
Boston’s offense is bullying Houston pitching in this series thus far and it was more of the same Monday night. After two grand slams Saturday, the Red Sox sent another one out Monday in a big second inning on their way to a 12-3 victory.
Teams with grand slam in back-to-back games within a postseason:— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) October 19, 2021
2021 Red Sox ALCS G2-3
2020 Yankees ALWCS G2-ALDS G1
2011 D-backs NLDS G3-4
1977 Dodgers NLCS G1-2
The Red Sox have now scored 25 runs in three games of the ALCS and have scored over seven runs per game this postseason.
The Red Sox are on pace to have their best batting average and OPS in a single postseason in franchise history.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 19, 2021
A lot of their numbers comparable to 2007, when they went on to sweep the Rockies in the World Series. pic.twitter.com/CgA166bkZm
Zack Greinke will make the Game 4 start for Houston, having pitched in only two games and 3 1⁄3 innings since September 19. The right-hander turns 38 on Thursday and missed most of the last month due to Covid and a sore neck.
Already in a tough spot with the pitching staff, it’s unclear how much length Greinke will provide.
Boston was hoping to avoid using Nick Pivetta in Game 3 and the offense exploded to give manager Alex Cora the option he wanted. The right-hander was outstanding in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Ray, going 8 2⁄3 innings while giving up just three runs while striking out 11.
ALCS Game 4 info
Pitching probables: Zack Greinke (HOU) vs. Nick Pivetta (BOS)
Time: 5:08 p.m. PT