A look at what’s happening around the major specialties on Sunday:
The NL Championship Series is heading into Game 7, and the finale could hinge on the performances of two up-and-coming right-handers.
Ian Anderson got the ball for the Atlanta Braves, who are looking to bounce after a 3-1 lead. If Tony Gunsolin goes to the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday night, the first post-season winning game will be started by two youngsters.
“I think you should go out and compete,” Anderson said. “Whether you hit them first or you punch you first, you have to find a way to stay in the fight and compete as hard as you can.”
The 22-year-old Anderson has a goalless streak of 15 2/3 rounds covering his first three playoff matches.
If Dave Roberts went as director of the Dodgers with Gunsolin, it would be a rematch for Game 2, which Atlanta won 8-7 when the Braves stuck in the ninth game long after Anderson and Gunsolen departed. Los Angeles could also go with three-time NL Cy Young award winner Clayton Kershaw.
It is the second NLCS to cover distance in 15 seasons and the first time since 2004 that each of the leagues’ series has played seven matches.
After struggling in recent weeks, Kinley Janssen appears to have regained his touch from longtime Dodgers.
The Los Angeles big-right player needed just six stadiums to achieve the perfect ninth game on Saturday to end his 3-1 win over Atlanta, tying the NL Championship Series in three matches each. The day before, he hit the team to seal a 5–1 victory.
The All-Star star has said three times that he’s had some recent conversations with former shooting coach Rick Honeycutt and another mentor in the promotion, former Charlie Hogg Dodgers.
“Show me pictures of the past and how everything has been working together.” Said 33-year-old Jansen on Saturday, you know, it just wasn’t quite the same. ”And we’re back to that kind of, to make my connections as simple as they were, and repeat, and it shows, It appeared yesterday. “
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