The Atlanta Braves get their first crack at eliminating the Los Angeles Dodgers while punching their ticket for the World Series. Atlanta bounced back from a loss in Game 3 by beating the Dodgers 9-2 in Game 4. They now have a 3-1 lead in the series and three chances to take the series. Their best chance may come tonight with Max Fried on the mound while facing a bullpen game from the Dodgers. With Max Scherzer and Walker Buehler looming for Games 6 and 7 back in Atlanta, there is a sense of urgency for the Braves to finish this off in Game 5.
Eddie Rosario returns to the leadoff spot for Game 5. Ozzie Albies moves up a spot to second in the order with Freddie Freeman hitting third. The Braves will also have Jorge Soler available off the bench for the first time this series.
Joe Kelly will get the start for the Dodgers who are shaking up their lineup slightly. Trea Turner and Corey Seager swap spots in the batting order. Albert Pujols will get the start at first base against the lefty. Chris Taylor will be at third base while Cody Bellinger will hit eighth and play center field. The Dodgers also announced that Andy Burns will replace Justin Turner on the NLCS roster.
Tonight's #Dodgers lineup— Blake Harris (@BlakeHarrisTBLA) October 21, 2021
Mookie Betts, RF
Trea Turner, 2B
Corey Seager, SS
Will Smith, C
AJ Pollock, LF
Albert Pujols, 1B
Chris Taylor, 3B
Cody Bellinger, CF
Joe Kelly, P
Game 5 is scheduled to begin at 8:08 p.m. ET and can be seen on TBS.