NLCS Game One, 2020

Braves vs Dodgers, 5:08 PM PDT, TV:Fox. All this Series’ games will be played at Globe Life Field in Arlington, TX.

MLB has a position-by-position preview and analysis of the two teams.

The Dodgers give RHP Walker Buehler the ball for Game One, just as they’ve done for the previous two series. He hasn’t gone past four innings in either of his previous two starts and hasn’t thrown more than 95 pitches in a game since 2019. He’ll face LHP Max Fried, who won Game One of the Wild Card Series for the Braves, beating the Reds, but gave up four runs in four innings against the Marlins in the NLDS. The Braves win behind him, though: they’re 12-1 in his starts this year.

Edwin Ríos and Alex Wood have been added to the 28-man roster for the NLCS. Gavin Lux and Terrance Gore were dropped to make room.

This day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1916 In front of record crowd of 43,620 fans at Braves Field, Red Sox right-hander Ernie Shore three-hits the Robins in Game 5 of the World Series, 4-1, to capture the team’s fourth World Championship in the 13-year history of the Fall Classic. Boston, as it did last season, plays its Fall Classic home games in their crosstown National League rival’s larger ballpark, which allows more fans to attend the game than if the contest had held at Fenway Park.
  • 1920 At Cleveland’s League Park, the Indians’ hurler Stan Coveleski blanks the Robins, 3-0, to win the 1920 World Series. The Tribe, en route to the franchise’s first World Championship, wins the best of nine series five games to 2.
  • 1948 The Yankees surprise their fans and a skeptical press when they name Casey Stengel to replace Bucky Harris as the team’s manager. In his previous stints as the skipper with the National League’s Braves and Dodgers, the ‘Old Perfesser’ had never finished higher than fifth place.
  • 1949 Vin Scully, working his first broadcast ever, does the play-by-play when Maryland defeats Boston University at Fenway Park, 14-13. The football assignment marks the start of a 67-year career in the broadcast booth for the Hall of Fame baseball announcer, who becomes the iconic voice of the Dodgers.

Lineups when available.

Braves’ lineup:

Dodgers’ lineup:

280 thoughts on “NLCS Game One, 2020

    • Argh! Though the Goose was likely going to have to beat them anyway for the Dodgers to advance. Just needs to do it a day sooner. Pen game tomorrow with bulk from Urias, then May for game 4, unless Klayton ready to go? Kids need to step up.

  1. I have a friend who thinks this is on Doc for not using Grateral for more innings. What do you guys think? He hates Doc’s micromanaging of pitchers.

  2. So. Jansen is not the answer. Treinen is maybe not the answer either. Starting to look like the back end of our bullpen is a mess.

  3. Grateral and Gonzalez, prospects before the season began, look like they need to be our late inning relief pitchers. Where is McGee?

  4. I feel like I have see less shots of the crowd then I did when it was the cardboard cut outs. Which is weird given it’s the first game with live fans all year long.

  5. Nice work by Mookie to keep that a single. Although even better would have been to sucker him into going to second and throw him out.

  6. Dansby Swanson sounds like a character from “Upstairs, Downstairs,” the upstairs part.

  7. Kiké is a free agent after this year. He is not making a good case for the Dodgers to sign him, even before the postseason.

  8. If I seem even less coherent than usual, it’s because I’m on heavy meds after ankle surgery. That doesn’t help.

  9. The members of Baseball’s Hall of Fame who have died this year now include Joe Morgan. That list also includes Al Kaline, Tom Seaver, Lou Brock, Bob Gibson and Whitey Ford. Stunning and upsetting.

  10. Rays won Game 2, 4-2. It ended when Bregman lined out to deep right-center with the bases loaded.

  11. A two-out throwing error by Altuve in the bottom of the first prolonged the inning and Margot then hit a three-run homer for the Rays off McCullers. Tampa Bay leads 3-0 after 3 1/2 innings. All the runs are unearned (but they still count!).