Dodgers-Braves NLCS Game 5 preview FAQ


Two of the game’s best offenses will battle yet again as the Braves attempt to secure a spot in the World Series and the Dodgers try to extend the National League Championship Series in Game 5 on Friday night.
After claiming a lopsided win in Game 3, the Dodgers were

Two of the game’s best offenses will battle yet again as the Braves attempt to secure a spot in the World Series and the Dodgers try to extend the National League Championship Series in Game 5 on Friday night.

After claiming a lopsided win in Game 3, the Dodgers were subdued in Game 4 by the Braves, who won, 10-2, and now own a 3-1 lead in this best-of-seven series.

NLCS presented by Camping World, Game 5: 9 p.m. ET on FS1

Atlanta is bidding for its first trip to the World Series since 1999. The Dodgers have won two of the last three NL pennants.

Here are the answers to some of the questions you might have about Game 5:‌

When‌ ‌is‌ ‌the‌ ‌game‌ ‌and‌ ‌how‌ ‌can‌ ‌I‌ ‌watch‌ ‌it?‌ ‌
The‌ ‌game‌ ‌will‌ ‌air‌ Friday ‌on‌ ‌FS1‌ ‌at‌ 9 ‌ET/6 ‌PT.‌ ‌It‌ ‌is‌ ‌also‌ ‌available‌ ‌to‌ ‌stream‌ ‌on‌ ‌MLB.TV‌ ‌with‌ ‌authentication.‌ ‌

Who‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌the‌ ‌home‌ ‌team?‌ ‌
The‌ ‌Braves,‌ ‌because‌ ‌they‌ ‌are‌ ‌the‌ ‌second‌ ‌seed,‌ ‌were‌ ‌the‌ ‌visiting‌ ‌team‌ ‌in‌ ‌Games‌ ‌1‌ ‌and‌ ‌2,‌ ‌and‌ ‌they‌ ‌were‌ ‌the‌ ‌home‌ ‌team‌ ‌in‌ ‌Game‌s ‌3 and 4,‌ ‌batting‌ ‌last.‌ ‌They‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌the‌ ‌home‌ ‌team‌ ‌once‌ ‌again‌ ‌in‌ ‌Game‌ ‌5.‌

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What‌ could the‌ ‌starting‌ ‌lineups look like?‌ ‌
Dodgers:‌‌ ‌The Dodgers can’t afford to take Edwin Ríos out of the lineup after he accounted for both runs in Game 4. AJ Pollock would start against a lefty, Joc Pederson against a righty. The Braves have not named a starting pitcher yet.

1) Mookie Betts, RF
2) Corey Seager, SS
3)‌ Justin Turner, 3B
4)‌ Max Muncy, 1B
5) Will Smith, C
6) Cody Bellinger, CF
7)‌ AJ Pollock, LF
8)‌ Edwin Ríos, DH
9) Enrique Hernández, 2B

Braves:‌‌ ‌With the Dodgers starting a right-hander, Nick Markakis will return to the lineup and Austin Riley will be back at third base. Dustin May relies heavily on a power sinker that averages 97.9 mph.

Freddie Freeman has hit .438 (7-for-16) and Travis d’Arnaud has hit .538 (7-for-13) against pitches clocked at 97 mph or higher, per Statcast.

1) Ronald Acuña Jr., RF
2) Freddie Freeman, 1B
3) Marcell Ozuna, DH
4) Travis d’Arnaud, C
5) Ozzie Albies‌, 2B
6) Dansby Swanson, SS
7) Nick Markakis, RF
8) Austin Riley, 3B
9) Cristian Pache, CF

Who‌ ‌are‌ ‌the‌ ‌starting‌ ‌pitchers?
Dodgers:‌‌ ‌The rookie May and his wicked sinker get the ball, but the leash will be short as it’s all hands on deck in an elimination game.

Braves:‌‌ ‌The Braves have not announced who will be their starter. They could ask Josh Tomlin to give them a few innings, or test the strength of their deep relief corps with a true bullpen game.

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How‌ ‌will‌ ‌the‌ ‌bullpens‌ ‌line‌ ‌up‌ ‌after‌ ‌the‌ ‌starter?
Dodgers:‌‌ ‌A strength all season, the bullpen has wobbled of late with the demotion of Kenley Jansen out of the closer role and no obvious replacement. If the game is close late, Joe Kelly, Blake Treinen or Pedro Báez could be in play.

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Braves:‌ ‌All of the key relievers are available. So, there’s at least a chance the Braves will follow the blueprint the Padres provided when they used nine pitchers to cover nine innings in the Game 3 win over the Cardinals in the Wild Card Series.

Are‌ ‌there‌ ‌any‌ ‌relievers‌ ‌who‌ ‌are‌ ‌unavailable?
Dodgers:‌‌ All hands on deck. ‌

Braves: Huascar Ynoa and Grant Dayton are not available. Both threw at least 60 pitches in Game 3.

Any‌ ‌injuries‌ ‌of‌ ‌note?
Dodgers:‌‌ ‌No.

Braves: Adam Duvall was removed from the NLCS roster after straining his left oblique in Game 1.

Who is hot and who is not?
Dodgers: Ríos, who missed the NL Division Series with a groin strain, has homered in back-to-back games. Turner had a pair of hits in Game 4. Betts is 2-for-14 in the series.

Braves: Freeman has gone 6-for-14 with a double and two homers in the NLCS.

d’Arnaud was hot in the first two rounds, but he is 1-for-12 with four strikeouts through the first four games of this series.

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.



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