Rookie hurlers to take center stage for Dodgers, Braves in Game 7

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Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger hits a RBI-single against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning in Game 6 of a baseball National League Championship Series Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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Corey Seager has led the Dodgers’ offense with five home runs and 11 RBIs, both records for a championship series in either league. The Dodgers’ power game was missing early in the playoffs, but they now have 14 home runs in the NLCS.

Two years removed from elbow and hip surgeries, Seager has delivered at a superstar level.

“All it’s about is doing what you can to help your team win,” Seager said. “Whether it’s moving over a runner, whether it’s hitting a home run, making a defensive play, being a spark in the dugout, anything can help this team get going that you are more than welcome to do.”

The Braves will try to avoid dwelling on the past few days. With a chance to advance in Game 5, they led in the sixth inning before the Dodgers salvaged their season with late home runs from Will Smith and Seager.

In Game 6, they were undone by a shaky first inning from one of their best starters. Yet they continue to display confidence and Anderson is a big reason why. He had just six starts in the regular season but has delivered 15 2/3 scoreless innings in the playoffs over three outings.

“We’re in a good spot,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “I like the guy we’re going to pitch (Anderson), and the bullpen, everybody can pitch and is available (Sunday). We’ll see what we do.”

Seager thinks the Dodgers are best served by hitting the mental reset button.

“It’s all about refocusing on Sunday,” Seager said. “No matter what team wins (in Game 6), it doesn’t matter if you don’t win (Game 7). We have to focus on our stuff and we have to come (Sunday) and be ready to play a baseball game.”

Said the rookie Anderson: “I’m a competitor and I think that you have to go out there and compete. Whether you punch them first or they punch you first, you have to find a way to stay in the fight and just compete as hard as you can and be willing to leave everything out there.”

–Field Level Media

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