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Best moments of 2020: Final voting of Elite 8

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2 teams are in the FINAL 4, who will the other 2 be?

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

We have two teams now in our FINAL FOUR of voting, time to decide the other two! Before we get to voting, let’s take a look back at our two previous matchups from the ELITE EIGHT.

First, Joe Kelly and his crying face took on one of Mookie Betts’ incredible catches. His catch in Game 6 of the NLCS, to be exact. Now, the voting in this one was truly the craziest we’ve seen so far this bracket. On TBLA, Betts’ catch received a dominating 85 percent of the vote. However, Twitter was a different story, as Kelly took in 54 percent of the vote. I combined the total votes, and the winner goes to BETTS!

On the other matchup, it was a battle of some all-time great Dodgers postseason home runs. However, one came out on top in both polls. On TBLA, Will Smith’s homer off Will Smith received 55 percent of the vote and on Twitter it took in..... oh wait, 55 percent of the vote as well! A close race on both sides, but the fans agreed the exact same on both platforms.

Here’s an updated look at the bracket.


Matchup No. 1

Cody Bellinger go-ahead homer in Game 7 of NLCS

After trailing the NLCS 3-1, the Dodgers rallied and won two in a row to even the series at three games a piece. The previous matchup involved Kiké Hernández hitting the game-tying home run in Game 7. Well, now we have the go-ahead home run from that game, courtesy of Cody Bellinger. This solo shot gave the Dodgers the lead, and ultimately the series victory.

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.

Poll

What was the better moment?

This poll is closed

  • 41%
    Cody Bellinger’s go-ahead HR
    (131 votes)
  • 58%
    Justin Turner’s double play
    (187 votes)
318 votes total Vote Now

Matchup No. 2

Cody Bellinger robs Fernando Tatis Jr.

Yeah, this one won’t be close. One of the best plays of the Dodgers’ October run, and one of the best plays in Dodgers postseason history. In Game 2 of the NLDS, the Dodgers were hanging on to a one-run lead in the seventh inning. With two outs, Tatis Jr. crushed what looked to be a go-ahead two-run home run. Bellinger had other ideas.

He leaped and robbed what would have been a home run, saving the game for the Dodgers, and possibly the series. Had this been a homer, who knows how the game could have turned out. San Diego could have won, and the series would have been tied at one. Not only was this a game-saving catch by Bellinger, it was a series-saving catch.

Mookie’s amazing catch in Game 7

Mookie Betts is very good at baseball. It’s evident considering he’s battling himself today. This play gives us one of his many incredible catches from 2020. However, none were bigger than this one. In Game 7 of the NLCS, Betts robbed Freddie Freeman of a home run. It would have put Atlanta up 4-2, and who knows where the game could have gone from there. Instead, it remained a one-run game and the Dodgers came back to win the series.

Poll

What was the better moment?

This poll is closed

  • 56%
    Cody Bellinger’s HR saving catch
    (182 votes)
  • 43%
    Mookie Betts’ HR saving catch
    (141 votes)
323 votes total Vote Now