The winner of Sunday’s game will stay in Arlington, welcoming the AL champion Rays to town for the World Series, which begins Tuesday night. But first the NL champ has to be determined, and the Dodgers and Braves tilt is so nice it will be televised twice, on both Fox and FS1, with a first pitch scheduled for 5:15 p.m. PT.
With Joe Buck off calling football on Sunday, Joe Davis will call play by play in Game 7 of the NLCS, as he did for the first two games of the Dodgers-Padres NLDS last week. It will be Davis and John Smoltz, plus reporters Tom Verducci and Ken Rosenthal on the broadcast.
The Dodgers are 4-4 all-time in Games 7 (the winner-take-all variety; not the final contest of the best-of-nine 1920 World Series, lost by Brooklyn), including splitting two with most of this current group. The Dodgers lost Game 7 of the 2017 World Series at home, and won Game 7 of the 2018 NLCS on the road.
Los Angeles is 2-0 in Games 7 in NLCS play, also winning the final game against the Mets in 1988.
The Braves are 4-2 in Games 7 in their franchise history, including 3-0 in the NLCS. Atlanta’s last Game 7 came in the 1996.
The Dodgers haven’t named a starter yet, but Tony Gonsolin figures to loom large in whatever innings plan LA concocts. Rookie right-hander Ian Anderson, who has allowed zero runs in 15⅔ innings in his three postseason starts, takes the mound for Atlanta on Sunday. Seems like the Dodgers will need to get rid of that goose egg to increase their chances.