Five outs. The Dodgers were five outs away from facing a deficit that requires you to go beyond reason. Being down 3-0 in the NLCS would and probably still is viewed as something impossible to overturn, despite having been done one single time in an MLB best-of-seven series.
The team looked out of it, the crowd was in complete disbelief as anyone could easily see by the seemingly endless number of shots of fans scratching their heads and looking down as though this wasn’t supposed to happen.
Cody Bellinger made sure to change that by adding another unbelievable moment to his redemption tour through the 2021 postseason with a three-run game-tying home run. Now it’s basically a new series, being down 2-1 after the prospect of a 3-0 deficit is a breath of fresh air, and the matchup for Game 4 favors Los Angeles.
Julio Urías gets the ball for the Dodgers while the Braves have yet to announce officially who starts their bullpen game. Whether he comes in the first inning or sometime later, we figure that Huascar Ynoa will get the bulk of the innings.
There was some question in what the Dodgers would do because Dave Roberts took the unconventional route and used Urías in relief during the eighth inning of Game 2, trying to be that bridge to Kenley Jansen. It didn’t work out, and the Dodgers manager had to play the waiting game and check-in with Urías before officially naming him the Game 4 starter on Tuesday.
The 20-game winner didn’t exactly wear out his arm, with only 14 pitches in his one inning on Sunday night.
This series seems to be following the same script of last year’s NLCS, however the Dodgers can’t really afford to go down 3-1 again, especially with a favorable matchup in Game 4.
Playing back-to-back games facing elimination in a neutral park is hardly the same as doing it on your opponent’s home, which is a key difference. As far as the Braves are concerned it will be very intriguing to see how the team responds following this heartbreaking defeat.
NLCS Game 4 info
Teams: Dodgers vs. Braves
Series: Atlanta leads, 2-1
Location: Dodger Stadium
Time: 5:08 p.m.