The Braves and Marlins are set to play Game 3 in Houston on Thursday. If Atlanta can come away with the win, the series is over, and the Braves would finally be back in the NLCS. They had not advanced in the playoffs in nearly two decades.
They have had so many talented players through the years that the playoff struggles have been a surprise. They got hammered by the Cardinals in the first inning of their series-deciding game a year ago and could never recover. This is their chance, right here, to punch their ticket to the last round before the World Series.
Miami, on the other hand, is partaking in their first postseason in 17 years. They won the 2003 World Series, but have not been back since.
And now, as they find themselves down 0-2 without much offense, their backs are against the wall. They will need a big performance from Sixto Sanchez tonight to give them a good shot to win.
The spread for the contest favors the Braves with a money line of -135. The over/under is set at 8.5.
Atlanta Aims for the Sweep
When you’re talking about any Atlanta sports team, it’s never easy in the playoffs. The Braves went 19 years without advancing.
The Falcons blew a 28-3 lead in the World Series. And even with nine straight playoff appearances, the Atlanta Hawks did not each the NBA Finals once. Something always goes wrong.
They are hoping that 2020 will be their year. That statement is false for most people and sports organizations, but could be true in Atlanta.
They are hitting the cover off the ball, while their pitchers have been able to keep Miami hitters at bay. The whole “making the playoffs and winning the World Series thing” can’t keep happening for Miami after long layoffs.
Kyle Wright will get the starting nod today. He posted a 2-4 record with a 5.21 ERA in eight starts, striking out 30 and walking 24. His average start lasted fewer than five innings.
Miami Tries to Survive
While the Miami Heat are down 3-1 in the NBA Finals, these Marlins are also facing elimination. It’s a great story for the organization that they were able to end a 17-year playoff drought this year. But bowing out 0-3 in the NLDS would not sit right with them.
They’ve got an extremely young starting rotation, with veterans in the everyday lineup offensively. Even in a tight NL East, the future is looking extremely bright for Don Mattingly’s club. But they need to find a way now to breakthrough and find somebody to bolster the offense. Look for it to be Garrett Cooper.
Sixto Sanchez gets the nod today. The rookie posted a 3-2 record with a 3.46 ERA in seven starts. He struck out 33 while walking 11 over 39 innings.
Sorry Miami, It’s Over
Atlanta will win another low-scoring game to punch their ticket to their first NLCS since 2001!
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