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Dodgers vs. Braves: NLCS Game 4 live stream, TV channel, time, odds, pitching matchup for 2021 MLB playoffs

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Three games and three thrilling finishes in the NLCS. The Atlanta Braves won Games 1 and 2 in walk-off fashion, then Cody Bellinger provided a dramatic eighth-inning homer for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 3. The Braves still lead the best-of-seven series 2-1, though the Dodgers have some life now.

You can view the full postseason schedule by clicking here. With that throat-clearing out of the way, let’s get to the important stuff for Game 4.

How to watch

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 20 | Time: 8:08 p.m. ET
Location: Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles, California)
TV channel: TBS | Live stream: TBS.com
Odds: TBA
Starting pitchers: LHP Julio Urías (20-3, 2.96 ERA) vs. TBA

Preview

In Game 2, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts asked Urías to get three outs with a two-run lead in the eighth inning, but he melted down and Los Angeles lost the game. Will there be any repercussions in Game 4? Urías has thrown 73 high-stress pitches across two relief appearances in the last six days. Now he’ll make a start. That’s a lot of work for a young pitcher roughly 100 innings over his previous career high already.

As for the Braves, they are going with a bullpen game in Game 4. Lefty AJ Minter has opener experience and could get the start. Fellow lefty Drew Smyly moved into the bullpen late in the regular season and has not pitched since Oct. 2. He’s unlikely to be able to provide more than an inning or two in Game 4. Bullpen games can be very effective when done properly, though one misstep and the game can unravel quick. 

Prediction

I’m not a momentum guy, I just think the Dodgers are really good and much better than they’ve shown in Games 1-3. They have the on paper advantage on the mound in Game 4 and the bats seemed to wake up late in Game 3. Los Angeles will knot this series up Wednesday.

Pick: Dodgers 7, Braves 3

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