WHAT. A. SERIES.
Baseball fans across the board should have found the 2020 National League Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves absolutely riveting. Although the Dodgers came out on top, the series proved positive for the Braves — aside from the Atlanta “blowing it” jokes on social media — after all they did go the stretch against baseball’s best team.
This year’s ALCS and NLCS mark only the third time in history that both the AL and NL Championship Series went the full seven games. In a tense American League playoff series the Tampa Bay Rays outdid the Houston Astros, narrowly avoiding a 2017 World Series rematch. The Dodgers had an equally tense series, coming back from a 3-1 series lead held by Atlanta.
Keeping with MLB’s and the Dodgers’ trend of history making baseball this year, Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger made some of their own. Seager not only won the NLCS MVP, but he also made history by hitting the most home runs (5) and RBIs (11) in a single NLCS. In addition to the MLB record breaking performance, Seager now has the most home runs (6) and RBIs (15) by a Dodger in a single postseason, and there’s still a whole series left to play.
Bellinger also had a historic impact, becoming the only player to have hit two NLCS Game 7 home runs, the first coming in 2018 against the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Dodgers are set to take on the Tampa Bay Rays in their third World Series in four years, pitting the two best records in MLB against each other. The series will start today, Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 5:09 p.m. PT with aces Clayton Kershaw and Tyler Glasnow facing each other on the mound.
In support of the Dodgers’ trip to the 2020 World Series, Los Angeles Fire Department Chief, Ralph Terrazas has authorized all LAFD firefighters to wear Dodger hats while on duty!
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**Stats are accurate as of published date.
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