The Los Angeles Dodgers caused a drastic shift in the National League Championship Series Wednesday.
With their 15-3 Game 3 victory, the Dodgers turned the momentum in their favor and set up their ace with a chance to level the series Thursday.
Clayton Kershaw takes the hill at Globe Life Field two days after he was originally scheduled to start. He was scratched from the Game 2 appearance with back spasms.
Los Angeles has the clear advantage in fresh pitching since Kershaw is set to oppose Atlanta's Bryse Wilson, who pitched more than four innings only once in the regular season.
NLCS Game 4 Information
Start Time: 8:08 p.m. ET
Live Stream: FoxSports.com and Fox Sports app
Ticket Info: Available tickets can be found on StubHub.
Los Angeles 7, Atlanta 2
Los Angeles carries advantages in almost every category into Game 4.
The main story from Game 3 was its 15-run, 16-hit performance that chased Kyle Wright in the first inning.
All but one of the Dodgers' nine starters recorded a hit Wednesday. Corey Seager and Max Muncy did the most damage with five hits, two home runs and seven RBI.
In addition to chasing Wright in the opening frame, the Dodgers forced the Braves to use Grant Dayton and Huascar Ynoa for six innings, which likely makes them unavailable in long relief if Wilson struggles early.
Wilson conceded seven earned runs over 15.2 regular-season innings and has yet to throw in the postseason.
In his last outing on September 27, Wilson allowed five hits and an earned run, walked two batters and struck out two Boston Red Sox hitters over three innings.
He needs to be more efficient to stay in the game that long against the Dodgers, who should have active bats early in counts to make Wilson feel uncomfortable during his first run through the order.
Wilson's Game 4 pitching foe already has two postseason starts in 2020 under his belt and owns the most experience of any starter in the series.
Kershaw struck out 19 batters over 14 innings against Milwaukee and San Diego. The only three runs he conceded were against the Padres in NLDS Game 2.
In his last playoff start against the Braves in 2018, the Dodgers southpaw turned in eight scoreless frames and allowed two hits.
If he comes close to matching that Thursday, the Dodgers may only need a few runs to secure a victory.
Kershaw could be poised for a high strikeout total since the Braves whiffed 10 times in Game 3, having struck out on 24 occasions in Games 1 and 2.
If Kershaw keeps Atlanta's top hitters off balance and works in a few short innings early, it could set the stage for his offense to take over against a pitching staff that was battered in Game 3.
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