If things continue this way, it will be difficult to become the league champion again this year.
The Los Angeles Dodgers, who are aiming for the top spot in the National League, bowed to the Atlanta Braves for two days in a row.
The Dodgers were defeated 3 to 6 in the home game against Atlanta held at Dodger Stadium on the 2nd (Korean time). The Dodgers, who dropped the first two games of this three-game series, recorded 83 wins and 50 losses. The Dodgers, first place in the National League (NL) Western Division, have extended their lead over Atlanta, first place in the Eastern Division, to six games.
Now, it seems difficult to surpass Atlanta and take first place in NL winning percentage. There is a high probability that the two teams will meet in the NL Championship Series.
Looking at the postseason matchup method that has changed since last year, the top two teams among the three first-place teams in each district advance directly to the division series without going through the wild card series. Based on their current performance, Atlanta and the Dodgers will advance directly to the Division Series, and the Milwaukee Brewers, ranked first in the Central Division, will begin the Wild Card Series.
In that case, in the division series, Atlanta will compete with the winner of the series between 1st and 2nd place in the wild card, and the Dodgers will face the winner of the series between Milwaukee and 3rd place in the wild card. Of course, we cannot be quick to judge which team is stronger and who has the advantage, but it seems clear that Atlanta will have a comparative advantage over the Dodgers.
If Atlanta and the Dodgers pass the Division Series and compete in the NL Championship Series, Atlanta will have the home advantage. In other words, the Dodgers will have to play games 1, 2, 6, and 7 away. It is a well-established belief that baseball is a game in which the home team has an absolute advantage, and this is clearly shown in historical records.
Even so, the Dodgers are inferior to Atlanta in this year’s regular season. In the three-game series held at Truist Park from May 23 to 25, the Dodgers won games 1 and 2, then dropped game 3 to secure a winning series. However, in this four-game series in the second half of the season, they lost the first two games and suffered their third consecutive loss to Atlanta. Since a team that is stronger in the second half of the season than the first half will ultimately be stronger in fall baseball, there is a high probability that the Dodgers will be overtaken from the start.
The starting pitcher for Atlanta that day was Max Fried. He pitched in the opening game of this season but suffered a hamstring injury and was placed on the injured list (IL). He returned on April 18 and pitched 4 games, then suffered a left arm injury in early May and was placed on the IL again. And spent three months on his rehabilitation.
Freed, who had been struggling since his return, appears to be doing well recently. On this day, he pitched 7 innings, allowing 3 hits, 10 strikeouts, and no runs, earning his 6th win of the season and lowering his ERA to 2.52. Fried is expected to be used as Atlanta’s first starter in the postseason. Atlanta’s starting lineup, consisting of Fried, Spencer Strider, Bryce Elder, and Charlie Morton, is the best in the NL.
On the other hand, Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias suffered a loss, allowing 9 hits and 5 runs in 5 innings. It must be seen that the Dodgers’ rotation, which includes Urias, Clayton Kershaw, Bobby Miller, and Tony Gonsolin, is being pushed back significantly.바카라
Even in a firepower battle where it was difficult to determine superiority or inferiority, Atlanta dominated that day. Ronald Acuña Jr., who hit a grand slam the previous day and conquered the 30-home run mark for the season, achieving 30 home runs and 60 stolen bases for the first time in history, was at the forefront of the attack by adding a home run and a stolen base on this day as well. 2 hits in 4 at bats, 1 RBI, 2 runs scored.
Austin Riley went 2-for-5 with 1 RBI and Marcell Osuna went 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs, and the Atlanta batting lineup led the way with 14 hits, including 3 home runs. On the other hand, the Dodgers were not very satisfied with leadoff Mookie Betts going 0-hit in 3 at bats and Freddie Freeman going 1 hit in 3 at-bats.
The Dodgers only made up for 3 runs with a three-run home run by Colton Wong, who came in as a pinch hitter for Freeman in the 8th inning when they were down 0-6, but were unable to mount an offensive attack of any note.