The Dodgers were hoping to turn to Clayton Kershaw in a big spot -- this time, in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series to keep the Braves from taking a commanding lead over the team with the best record in baseball -- but the lefty was scratched with back spasms, and right-hander Tony Gonsolin will make the start instead.
When is the game and how can I watch it?
The game will air Tuesday on FS1 at 6 ET/3 PT. It is also available to stream on MLB.TV with authentication.
Who will be the home team?
The Dodgers, because they are the No. 1 seed, are serving as the home team once again in Game 2, batting last. The Braves will serve as the home team in Games 3 and 4, as well as a potential Game 5.
What are the starting lineups?
Braves: The bottom of the Braves’ lineup will assume a different look without Duvall. Top prospect Cristian Pache is an outstanding defender, and he'll make his first career postseason start in center, with Nick Markakis switching from right to left.
Dodgers: Will Smith, who went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Monday night, is usually moved to designated hitter when Kershaw is pitching in order to keep his bat in the lineup. But with Kershaw's injury, Smith is staying at catcher and Joc Pederson will hit out of the DH spot.
Who are the starting pitchers?
Braves: Anderson has shown why the Braves chose to take him with the third overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft. The poised right-hander has worked 11 2/3 scoreless innings through his first two career postseason starts. He made an immediate impression on Aug. 26, when he carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning of his MLB debut against the Yankees.
Dodgers: Gonsolin will make the first postseason appearance of his career as an emergency fill-in for Kershaw. He has faced the Braves just once in his young career, tossing four innings of one-run ball against Atlanta on Aug. 18, 2019.
How will the bullpens line up after the starter?
Braves: With Max Fried getting through six innings, the Braves were not forced to put any undue pressure on their bullpen. They did opt to use closer Mark Melancon, who was warming up before Albies’ two-run homer pushed the lead to four runs in the ninth. But Melancon and top setup man Will Smith will both be available to make back-to-back appearances if necessary.
Dodgers: Great question. After seeing Blake Treinen and Jake McGee in Game 1, Kenley Jansen could get back into the picture. There seems to be a lack of trust in Joe Kelly and Pedro Báez as well, but they’re rested. Victor González seems unflappable. Brusdar Graterol is the fan favorite, but a .905 OPS by opposing left-handed hitters has management reluctant to let him face, say, Freeman.
Are there any relievers who are unavailable?
Braves: All of the Braves’ relievers will be available, but there may be a desire to stay away from using Chris Martin on consecutive days.
Any injuries of note?
Braves: Duvall was replaced on the roster with an oblique injury.
Dodgers: Kershaw was scratched due to back spasms.
Who is hot and who is not?
Braves: d’Arnaud has hit .391 with a 1.221 OPS through the first six games of the postseason. Markakis is 4-for-24 with nine strikeouts in the playoffs.
Dodgers: No. 3 hitter Turner, usually Mr. October, is hitting .136 this postseason with no extra-base hits. No. 4 hitter Muncy is hitting .158.
Anything else fans want to know?
Braves: The last time the Braves won the first game of a NLCS was back in 1999, against the Mets. Greg Maddux completed seven innings in that victory and received support from Eddie Perez’s sixth-inning solo homer against Pat Mahomes - Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ father.
Dodgers: The Dodgers, who led MLB in home runs, were out-homered in Game 1, 3-1.