The Tampa Bay Rays are in the World Series, but there is one more game in the National League Championship Series to determine the other participant.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have won the past two games against the Atlanta Braves to overcome a 3-1 deficit and force a Game 7. They will try to keep their momentum Sunday to clinch the series, although the Braves have showed throughout this postseason they won't go down without a fight.
Rookie Ian Anderson will get the start for the Braves, while the Dodgers could get creative to make it through the nine innings. Here is what you need to know about Sunday's winner-take-all game.
Game 7 Info
Where: Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas
When: Sunday, Oct. 18 at 8:15 p.m. ET
Live Stream: Fox Sports Go
Odds: Dodgers -139, Braves +118 (via DraftKings Sportsbook)
Playoff Bracket: MLB.com
Most elimination games quickly become "all hands on deck" with the pitching staff as teams don't want to leave their best players on the sidelines. The Dodgers could take that to an extreme level Sunday.
"We are still talking through it," manager Dave Roberts said of his Game 7 starter after Saturday's win, per Jeff Passan of ESPN. "We've got some good names available. But in terms of how we sort of deploy these guys, we haven't figured it out yet."
It doesn't matter who officially starts because we will likely see a lot of players on the mound, including Tony Gonsolin, Brusdar Graterol, Julio Urias and even Clayton Kershaw. Whoever can get outs will be utilized to try to keep the Braves offense in check.
From the other perspective, the Braves will likely count on a lot of innings out of Anderson, who was excellent in Game 2 with four shutout innings.
Although he is just 22, he has pitched at a high level this postseason:
Anderson has made three starts in the playoffs, allowing zero runs in 15.2 innings with 22 strikeouts and just six total hits allowed. Even with limited experience—just six regular-season starts in his career—Atlanta has to be confident with the youngster on the mound.
The offenses will also be on display after ranking first and second in the majors in runs scored this season.
Corey Seager has been red hot for the Dodgers with five home runs in six games, and we haven't seen guys like Mookie Betts or Cody Bellinger play to their ability. The same could be said about Braves star Ronald Acuna, who has been held to just a .190 average in this series.
The superstars on each team will need to step up in order to keep their title hopes alive.
This game might come down to one or two key at-bats, and the side that comes through will be the one celebrating at the end of the night.