Braves @ Dodgers 2021 NLCS Game 3: Morton vs. Buehler in must-win for LA

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Photo by: Cody Bashore

After squandering a late Game 2 lead and absolutely shitting the bed in Game 1, the Dodgers are down 0-2 to the Braves in the NLCS for a second consecutive season. This is, in effect, a must-win game. LA will turn to a fully rested Walker Buehler to take on Charlie Morton.

Lineups

The Braves are running out the exact same lineup for a third consecutive game, which isn’t surprising. Buehler will have to navigate a tough lineup, which includes the suddenly struggling Freddie Freeman. He isn’t going to struggle all series, so Buehler had better be on his game. Luckily, he usually is, and his offspeed stuff has improved in the second half.

So, in a must-win game, there’s no one else the Dodgers would rather have on the bump than Buehler.

The Dodgers are turning to the best lineup they can throw out there against a right-handed pitcher. Justin Turner is back in the lineup. He homered off Morton in Game 3 of the World Series last year, but his neck issue might hinder his production for the rest of the playoff run. It’s something that will have to be managed. No matter who’s on the mound for LA, the bats have to show up. They’ve been quite bad in these first two games.

No lies detected.

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After the ill-advised move to throw him in the eighth inning of Game 2, Julio Urias is still slated to go tomorrow. Hopefully he can give them a little length, since Game 5 — if necessary (JFC) — is going to be a bullpen effort.

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A win today and the Dodgers are in decent shape. A loss and, well, I know Dave Roberts has been part of a team coming back from an 0-3 deficit, but that also seems like a once-in-a-lifetime situation. So win, you fuckers.

About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosted a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He was a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times and True Blue LA. 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.