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Best moments of 2020: A heads up play vs. a heads up play

Both incredible and smart plays

League Championship - Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game Seven Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

The voting continues, as we’re onto a matchup of two very heads up plays that were crucial in LA’s run to the World Series. Before we get to the matchup, let’s take a look back and see how the voting went for our last battle.

Cody Bellinger and his go-ahead homer took home the win. On TBLA he finished with 67 percent of the vote. On Twitter he took home 75 percent of the vote. Although that is the play everyone remembers, none of it would have been possible without Mookie Betts’ clutch double play. But I totally get it.... the go-ahead homer was definitely more exciting.

Here’s an updated look at the bracket:

Clayton Kershaw throws him out at home!

With the series tied at two games a piece in the World Series, the Dodgers were hanging on to a lead over the Rays. With two outs and runners on the corners, Kershaw (thanks to Max Muncy) threw home and caught Manuel Margot trying to steal home. Had he been safe, the game would have been tied and who knows where that inning and series could have gone.

Justin Turner’s heads up double play

This is one of the craziest double plays you’ll ever see, and it was a large reason the Dodgers won the game and ultimately the World Series. It was Game 7 of the NLCS and the Dodgers were trailing by a run in the fourth inning.

With runners on third and second and no outs, Nick Markakis grounded to Justin Turner. He threw home, and a rundown ensued. Turner then leapt and barely tagged Dansby Swanson on the leg, getting the first out. He then immediately turned and gunned the throw to Corey Seager covering third base, tagging out the runner for the double play.

The Braves were in prime position to score a couple of runs. Instead, the Dodgers prevented any damage, and went on to win the game.


What was the better moment?

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  • 23%
    Clayton Kershaw throwing home
    (82 votes)
  • 76%
    Justin Turner’s double play
    (261 votes)
343 votes total Vote Now