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Gamethread: Atlanta at Dodgers (NLCS Game 5)

As the Braves prepare to wrap the series up, a reminder that it’s possible a meteor could still strike and spare us of a World Series of cheaters vs. choppers.

National League Championship Series Game 4: Atlanta Braves v. Los Angeles Dodgers Daniel Shirey/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Just one game tonight, as Atlanta looks to wrap things up in five without their best player (and likely the best in the NL). You can hate the chop, but hats off to the Braves doing what they’re doing in October this year. And Atlanta hasn’t been to a World Series this century, and even the White Sox can’t make that claim.

OF COURSE, the Dodgers were down 3-1 to Atlanta just one year ago, so anything can still happen. L.A. will be down a key player, as Justin Turner suffered a hamstring strain in Game 4 (see, it doesn’t just happen to White Sox) and is out until 2022.

Flip side, Atlanta ace Max Fried is on the mound tonight in Los Angeles, vs. Dave Roberts “Undecided/Bullpen/Guy Who Just Threw 35 Pitches a Coupla Days Ago,” so, advantage Atlanta on that matchup.

Fried held the Dodgers to two runs over six innings in Atlanta’s Game 1 victory in the NLCS. L.A.’s Corey Knebel is the favorite to open his third playoff game of 2021.

NL-only play could wrap for 2021 as soon as tonight. Ballgame is 7:08 p.m. on TBS. Tune in to see how quickly Dodgers fans leave.