Ironically, I happen to be the author of this piece, considering just this morning, I wrote how the Braves are positioned beautifully to wrap up this NLCS today in Game 5. But two points of view are always better than one.
The truth is, of course, the Braves are sitting pretty up 3-1 in the series versus the Dodgers. I mean, LA must sweep Atlanta in the next three games to stay alive, which even against a much-lesser opponent is a difficult thing to do. However, don’t talk too much trash at work today. By no means are those damn Dodgers dead yet.
Over the last 40 years (since 1979), ten times has a team overcome a 3-1 postseason deficit, including the 1985 Royals… who did it TWICE in the same postseason. Obviously, it’s a rare ordeal, but ten times is still ten times, folks.
If you can recall, the 2016 Cubs did it last, when they came back on the Indians in the World Series after being down 3-1. Even better, that Game 7 went all the way to the 11th inning, making Chicago’s first title in over a century that much more special. Can you imagine what Cleveland fans felt like after that? Sure we can… we’re Braves fans!
It’s understandable to feel excited. Believe me, we’re all pumped about what the Braves are doing. And according to FanGraphs, Atlanta is favored roughly 85-15 to win this series, with a 46.9% chance at ending the Dodgers 2020 season today. I don’t have to tell you that those are some nice odds. But this is baseball AND an Atlanta sports team we are talking about. I’m not saying you should be paranoid or anything, but let’s just get through today before we completely write off the Dodgers. Anything can happen.