Dodgers @ Braves Oct. 7, 2018: NLDS Game 3, Buehler vs. Newcomb

The Dodgers got two brilliant pitching performances in the first two games of this series from Hyun-Jin Ryu and Clayton Kershaw, and now they turn to Walker Buehler in hopes of closing out the National League Division Series against the Braves.

Dodgers
Braves
5:07 p.m.
Atlanta
LF
Taylor
LF
Acuña Jr.
3B
Turner
CF
Inciarte
1B
Freese
1B
Freeman
SS
Machado
RF
Markakis
RF
Kemp
3B
Camargo
CF
Bellinger
C
Suzuki
2B
Hernandez 2B Albies
C
Grandal
SS
Culberson
P
Buehler (R)
P
Newcomb (L)

Buehler pitched the Dodgers to the NL West division title on Monday, as he threw 6 2/3 innings of 1-hit, 0-run ball to beat the Rockies. He has a chance to win another clincher for the Dodgers. He’s ready for it.

The Dodgers are rolling out their standard lineup against lefties, but there’s a question about how long Sean Newcomb will actually go tonight. He threw two innings of relief in Game 1 on Thursday, so don’t expect a long outing from Newcomb, despite his almost no-hitting the Dodgers back in July. Backing him up will likely be some combination of Kevin Gausman and Julio Teheran — both right-handed pitchers. That means we could see the likes of Max Muncy, Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig sooner rather than later in this one.

The Braves have made a small change in the lineup, moving Ender Inciarte up to second and dropping Johan Camargo to fifth. It’s not surprising seeing as they’re facing a right-handed starter for the first time this series.

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The Dodgers have a commanding lead in this series. They’ve looked like the superior team, but things are far from decided. The Braves are, obviously, pulling out all the stops.

Whatever it takes to get an edge.

The Dodgers are in a good spot to take this series, but they’ll have to execute to take down a plucky Braves team in three games.

About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.