Corey Seager, despite going 0-for-5 in Game 7, took home NLCS MVP honors on Sunday after the Dodgers beat the Braves 4-3 to advance to the World Series.
Fantasy Impact: Seager certainly deserved the honor as he slashed .310/.333/.897 with five home runs and 11 RBI over the seven-game series. The shortstop has picked up right where he left off in the regular season as has been instrumental in the Dodgers reaching the World Series for the third time in the last four years.
Mon, Oct 19th 12:32pm EDT
By Jon Mathisen
Cody Bellinger went 1-for-2 with a solo home run and two walks as the Dodgers took down the Braves 4-3 in Game 7 of the NLCS on Sunday to advance to the World Series.
Fantasy Impact: With the game tied at three apiece in the seventh inning, Bellinger pulled a Chris Martin offering over the wall in right field to put the Dodgers ahead 4-3, a lead that they would never give up. After a disappointing regular season, Bellinger has had the best postseason run of his career up to this point; he's slashing .250/.365/.545 with two triples, three home runs, and 10 RBI over 44 at-bats.
Mon, Oct 19th 12:27pm EDT
By Jon Mathisen
Kike Hernandez went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in the Dodgers 4-3 win over the Braves in Game 7 of the NLCS on Sunday.
Fantasy Impact: Hernandez entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Joc Pederson in the sixth inning with the Dodgers losing 3-2. He put up a brilliant at-bat against A.J. Minter that ended with Hernandez crushing the eighth pitch over the wall in left-center. The Dodgers would take the lead in the following frame via a Cody Bellinger solo shot to advance to their third World Series in the last four seasons. The 29-year old utility man has done his job in a reserve role so far this postseason with a pair of clutch homers to go along with a .222 batting average and a .856 OPS over 18 at-bats.
Mon, Oct 19th 12:17pm EDT
By Jon Mathisen
Marcell Ozuna went 1-for-4 with an RBI single as the Braves were topped by the Dodgers 4-3 in Game 7 of the NLCS on Sunday.
Fantasy Impact: Ozuna opened up the scoring in the ball game when he squeezed an RBI single between shortstop and third in the first inning to score Ronald Acuña Jr. It would be his only hit of the game and Atlanta would fail to stage a late game rally after relinquishing the lead in the seventh inning. Ozuna signed a one-year $18 million contract last off-season that paid big dividends for the Braves; after his monster regular season (.338/.431/.636 with 18 HR and 56 RBI) the outfielder put up a decent postseason with a .255/.283/.490 with three home runs and 11 RBI. He should draw a ton of interest on the open market this off-season but it wouldn't be surprising to see Atlanta try and bring him back for a multi-year deal.
Dansby Swanson went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in the Braves 4-3 loss to the Dodgers in Game 7 of the NLCS on Sunday.
Fantasy Impact: Swanson crushed a towering upper deck home run in the second inning off of Tony Gonsolin to put the Braves up 2-0. He would commit a brutal base-running error later in the game, though, when Atlanta had runners on second and third with no out in the fourth inning. Nick Markakis grounded out to short and Swanson was caught in a rundown between third and home plate, he was eventually tagged out and then Austin Riley was gunned down trying to reach third. The Braves were unable to extend their lead, walking away with nothing, and eventually lost the ball game. The 26-year old shortstop finishes the postseason with a .267/.333/.556 batting line to go along with three home runs and nine RBI over 45 at-bats.
Ian Anderson took a no-decision on Sunday when he allowed two runs on five hits with a pair of strikeouts and walks in the Braves 4-3 loss to the Braves in Game 7 of the NLCS.
Fantasy Impact: Anderson wasn't at his sharpest in Game 7 and he gave up five hits, including a two-run single to Will Smith, and walked two over his three innings. It was a tight game from the get go and eventually the Dodgers prevailed and prevented Atlanta from reaching its first World Series since 1999. The rookie Anderson finished the postseason with a 2-0 record with a superb 0.96 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and a 24:10 K/BB ratio over 18 2/3 innings.
Julio Urias picked up the win on Sunday when he worked three scoreless innings while giving up zero hits in the Dodgers 4-3 win over the Braves in Game 7 of the NLCS.
Fantasy Impact: Urias replaced Brusdar Graterol in a 3-3 ball game in the seventh and proceeded to work three scoreless innings en route to picking up the win. He retired all nine batters he faced in order without getting a strikeout or issuing a walk. Cody Bellinger hit the go-ahead home run in the bottom of the seventh and the Dodgers advanced to their third World Series in the last four years. The 24-year old has been superb this postseason with a 2-0 record to go along with a 0.56 ERA, 0.63 WHIP, and a 16:3 K/BB ratio over 16 innings (four appearances, one start).
Dustin May got the start as the opener and allowed one run on one hit with two walks and one strikeout in the Dodgers 4-3 win over the Braves in Game 7 of the NLCS on Sunday.
Fantasy Impact: May got off to a rough start in this one as he walked the first two batters of the ball game on eight straight pitches. He ended up giving up a run but things could have been worse under the circumstances; he was pitching on short rest and had a short leash. In the end, the rest of the Dodgers bullpen did enough to hold down Atlanta and secure LA's third trip to the World Series in the last four years.
Sun, Oct 18th 7:08am EDT
By Brad Camara
Lance McCullers Jr. allowed three runs on four hits and one walk while striking out seven over three 2/3 innings during Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Rays in Game 7 of the ALCS.
Fantasy Impact: McCullers picked up the loss on Saturday after yielding three runs over three 2/3 innings. All of the damage off McCullers came via the long ball, he surrendered home runs to Randy Arozarena and Mike Zunino. The right-hander threw a total of 75 pitches, landing 50 for strikes. McCullers compiled a (0-2) record along with a 4.91 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 23 strikeouts over 14 2/3 innings this postseason.
Carlos Correa went 1-for-4 with two RBI during Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Rays in Game 7 of the ALCS.
Fantasy Impact: Correa drove in the only two Astros runs during Saturday's loss. He hit a two-run single off Peter Fairbanks in the eighth inning to cut the Astros deficit 4-2. Correa was impressive this postseason, hitting .362 (17-for-47) with six homers and 17 RBI in 13 games.
Pete Fairbanks allowed two hits and one walk while striking out three over one 1/3 scoreless inning during Saturday's 4-2 win over the Astros in Game 7 of the ALCS.
Fantasy Impact: Fairbanks recorded the final four outs in Game 7 to secure the save in Saturday's win. He entered the game in the eighth frame with two runners on base and walked Michael Brantley to load the bases. Fairbanks allowed a two-run single to Carlos Correa before striking out Alex Bregman to end the threat. The 26-year-old reliever compiled three saves along with a 2.16 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 13 strikeouts over eight 1/3 innings this postseason.
Sun, Oct 18th 6:15am EDT
By Brad Camara
Charlie Morton allowed two hits and one walk while striking out six over five 2/3 scoreless innings during Saturday's 4-2 win over the Astros in Game 7 of the ALCS.
Fantasy Impact: Morton limited the Astros to two hits over five 2/3 scoreless innings to earn the win in Game 7 of the ALCS. He threw a total of 66 pitches, landing 48 for strikes. The 36-year-old has been amazing this postseason, owning a 0.57 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 17:4 K:BB ratio across 15 2/3 innings. Morton will most likely pitch Game 3 or 4 of the World Series next week.
Mike Zunino went 1-for-2 with a home run and two RBI during Saturday's 4-2 win over the Astros in Game 7 of the ALCS.
Fantasy Impact: Zunino took Lance McCullers deep in second inning for to put the Rays up 3-0. It was his second long ball of the ALCS. He also hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth frame to increase the Rays lead 4-0. Zunino is hitting .216 (8-for-37) with four homers and eight RBI through 13 games this postseason.
Sun, Oct 18th 6:01am EDT
By Brad Camara
Randy Arozarena went 1-for-4 with two-run home run during Saturday's 4-2 win over the Astros in Game 7 of the ALCS.
Fantasy Impact: Arozarena took Lance McCullers deep in the first inning to give the Rays a 2-0 lead. He set a rookie record for most postseason home runs with six, including four in the ALCS. Arozarena was named the Most Valuable Player of the American League Championship Series . The 25-year-old OF is hitting .382 (21-for-55) with seven home runs and 10 RBI over 14 games.
Kenley Jansen worked a drama free ninth inning on Saturday when he allowed no runs on zero hits to secure the save in the Dodgers 3-1 win over the Braves in Game 6 of the NLCS.
Fantasy Impact: Jansen needed just six pitches to pick up his second save of the postseason when he got Austin Riley, Nick Markakis, and Pablo Sandoval to line out. He's 2-for-2 in save opportunities this postseason with a 3.38 ERA, 0.75 WHIP, and a 6:1 K/BB ratio over 5 1/3 innings.
Sat, Oct 17th 11:43pm EDT
By Jon Mathisen
Justin Turner went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in the Dodgers 3-1 victory over the Braves in Game 6 of the NLCS on Saturday,
Fantasy Impact: Turner went back-to-back with Corey Seager, his first homer of the postseason, in the first inning to put the Dodgers up 2-0. They would tack on one more run in the frame, which would be enough to pick up the win and force a Game 7. The third baseman has had a slow postseason thus far and is batting just .220/.313/.341 with one home run and four RBI over 41 at-bats. He had a .336 career batting average in the postseason prior to 2020.
Sat, Oct 17th 11:31pm EDT
By Jon Mathisen
Walker Buehler secured the win on Saturday when he surrendered zero runs on seven hits with six strikeouts over six innings in the Dodgers 3-1 win over the Braves in Game 6 of the NLCS.
Fantasy Impact: Buehler was sharp on Saturday when he shut out the Atlanta offense over his six innings of work. He gave up three consecutive singles in the second inning but was able to work his way out of the jam. The Dodgers scored just enough runs to pick up the win and force a Game 7 on Sunday. Buehler is sporting a 1.89 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, and a 29:11 K/BB ratio over 19 innings.
Sat, Oct 17th 11:20pm EDT
By Jon Mathisen
Ronald Acuña Jr went 1-for-4 with an RBI double in the Braves 3-1 loss to the Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS on Saturday.
Fantasy Impact: Acuña sliced an RBI double to the opposite field in the top of the seventh inning to score Nick Markakis and pull the Braves within two runs. That would be as close as they would get as the Dodgers ultimately prevailed to force a Game 7 on Sunday. The 22-year old superstar is having an up and down postseason with a .233 batting average and a .735 OPS to go along with one home run, three RBI, and two stolen bases over 43 at-bats.
Max Fried took his first loss of the postseason on Saturday when he allowed three runs on eight hits with five strikeouts and four walks over 6 2/3 innings in the Braves 3-1 loss to the Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS.
Fantasy Impact: Fried surrendered all three of his runs in the first inning when he allowed back-to-back homers to Corey Seager and Justin Turner, respectively, then gave up an RBI single to Cody Bellinger. The left-hander wasn't his most efficient as the Dodgers logged eight hits off him and he issued four free passes. The Braves offense was nowhere to be found and the Dodgers took the win to force a Game 7 on Sunday. Fried won't pitch again this year unless the Braves reach their first World Series since 1999.
Sat, Oct 17th 6:29am EDT
By Brad Camara
Blake Snell allowed two runs on three hits and four walks while striking out four across four innings during Friday's 7-4 loss to the Astros in Game 6 of the ALCS.
Fantasy Impact: Snell picked up the loss on Friday, allowing two runs over four innings of work. He threw a total of 82 pitches, landing 45 for strikes. The left-hander has now issued at least two walks in his last four contests. Despite the short outing on Friday, Snell has been solid this postseason. The 27-year-old owns a (2-2) record along with a 3.20 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 19 strikeouts over 19 2/3 innings.