Dodgers vs Braves Game 3 Preview: Rookies On The Mound Tonight

100613-RyuIt’s home sweet home for the Dodgers – who come home for two games against the Braves beginning with Game 3 of the NLDS Sunday night with the series even at a game apiece.

Two rookies will take the mound in a matchup where anything can happen in a road atmosphere where the Braves are automatically the underdog, going 40-41 outside of Turner Field, leaving them as the only team with a losing record on the road.

Game 3 – NLDS
Series tied 1-1
Atlanta Braves at Los Angeles Dodgers
5:07 p.m.
Dodger Stadium
Los Angeles, California
Forecast: Sunny, 89 degrees
Wind: 5 MPH, WSW
Radio: AM 570 or 710 AM (English), 1020 AM (Spanish)
Vin Scully and the Dodgers’ Radio Network reside at AM 570.

LA: Hyun-jin Ryu (14-8, 3.00)
ATL: Julio Teheran (14-8, 3.20)

Probable Starters:
Braves,vs. Ryu,Dodgers,vs. Teheran
C – Brian McCann,0-for-2 (.000),C – A.J. Ellis,Never faced
1B – Freddie Freeman,3-for-4 (.750),1B – Adrian Gonzalez,Never faced
2B – Elliot Johnson,Never faced,2B – Mark Ellis,Never faced
3B – Chris Johnson,1-for-6 (.167),3B – Juan Uribe,Never faced
SS – Andrelton Simmons,2-for-7 (.286),SS – Hanley Ramirez,Never faced
LF – Evan Gattis,0-for-3,LF – Carl Crawford,Never faced
CF – Jason Heyward,1-for-7 (.143),CF – Skip Schumaker,Never faced
RF – Justin Upton,1-for-6 (.167),RF – Yasiel Puig,Never faced

[button color=”blue”]Ryu vs. Braves[/button]

Mike Minor was bad luck in September for the Braves – which was reversed in Game 2. Could the same be said for Ryu tonight? The southpaw went 1-3 in September but with a 2.88 ERA, all thanks to getting only five runs scored by the Dodgers.

Teams outscored the Dodgers 9-5 in the stretch and it wasn’t Ryu’s fault.

He faced the Braves twice and fared well. He didn’t factor in a decision in either game but in holds a 2.13 ERA, throwing in 12.2 innings and allowing three runs on 11 hits.

What’s troubling is the 11:6 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Credit that to a May 17 outing at Turner Field when he pitched 5.0 innings and allowed two runs on five hits, walked five and struck out five.

The five free passes are the most he has allowed in a start this season.

Fast forward to June 7 in the second start, this time at Dodger Stadium, and he was fantastic – pitching 7.2 innings and allowing a run on six hits, walking one batter and striking out six.

Which Ryu can we expect to see tonight?

Take this lightly but in four postseason starts back in Korea for the Korean Baseball Organization he was winless.

[button color=”blue”]Teheran vs. Dodgers[/button]

The former No. 4 overall prospect in baseball has arrived for the Braves, and he will see the Dodgers for the first time ever tonight.

He has seen Michael Young in the past, getting him to go 0-for-3 with a strike out.

The 22-year-old out of Columbia has been shaky of late for the Braves, reverting to troubles he saw in April, when he was 1-0 but with a 5.08 ERA.

Beware of the Braves offense with Teheran on the bump, they are scoring at will. In fact they outscored their opponents 21-14 including a 4-0 shutout defeat.

He was 3-1 with a 4.44 ERA for the month, which included a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 22:3.

Teheran is actually better on the road than at home, posting a 3.38 ERA against a 3.51 ERA.

Let’s check out his scouting report:

  • Fastball – 92 MPH
  • 2-Seam Fastball – 89 MPH
  • Slider – 81 MPH
  • Cut-Fastball – 73 MPH
  • Changeup – 81 MPH

[button color=”blue”]Prediction[/button]

I’m nervous about today’s game, I’m not going to lie. After studying the scenario I found that the last time a team won Game 1 on the road, lost Game 2 and then swept at home was the 2005 Houston Astros.

If you remember history the Astros were an 89-win team that took the favored Braves out in the NLDS including an 18-inning game to eliminate them, then took out the Cardinals before falling to the White Sox in the World Series.

But let’s talk Dodgers. Both pitchers should be nervous but unlike the crowd at Turner Field, the atmosphere at Dodger Stadium will be raucous and should get to Teheran as he makes a few mistake pitches to give the Dodgers a shot to jump on the Braves.

Look for the Dodgers to cash in when it matters as they take Game 3 and look to close the Braves out tomorrow night.

Prediction: Dodgers 4, Braves 2

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