NLCS Game 6: Dodgers, Braves announce starting lineups

Ozzie Albies, Atlanta Braves, Enrique Hernandez, Los Angeles Dodgers. (Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)
Ozzie Albies, Atlanta Braves, Enrique Hernandez, Los Angeles Dodgers. (Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers’ NLCS Game 6 rosters are stacked.

The stars will be out in Game 6 between the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Game 6 of the 2020 NLCS has MLB fans on the edge of their seats. Atlanta holds a 3-2 series lead in this best-of-seven. With a win on Saturday evening, the Braves will win their first NL pennant since 1999. Should the Dodgers hold serve in Game 6 and then take Game 7 on Sunday night, Los Angeles will be playing in the Fall Class for the third time in four seasons. Let’s see the lineups.

Game 6 lineups for the Braves and the Dodgers

Atlanta Braves’ 2020 NLCS Game 6 starting lineup

1. Ronald Acuña Jr. RF
2. Freddie Freeman 1B
3. Marcell Ozuna DH
4. Travis d’Arnaud C
5. Ozzie Albies 2B
6. Dansby Swanson SS
7. Austin Riley 3B
8. Nick Markakis LF
9. Cristian Pache CF

Starting Pitcher: Max Fried

Atlanta’s No. 1 through No. 6 remains what it has been throughout much of the postseason. Moving third baseman Austin Riley up to the No. 7 spot in the wake of left fielder Adam Duvall‘s oblique injury allows his replacement in outfielder Cristian Pache to occupy the No. 9 hole. This starting lineup is loaded, and it’s only more menacing with ace pitcher Max Fried on the mound.

Los Angeles Dodgers’ 2020 NLCS Game 6 starting lineup

1. Mookie Betts RF
2. Corey Seager SS
3. Justin Turner 3B
4. Max Muncy 1B
5. Will Smith DH
6. Cody Bellinger CF
7. A.J. Pollock LF
8. Enrique Hernandez 2B
9. Austin Barnes C

Starting Pitcher: Walker Buehler

Los Angeles goes with the same No. 1 through No. 4 its has through the NLCS. Last night’s hero Will Smith will bat fifth as the designated hitter. Enrique Hernandez will get the start at second and bat eighth, while catcher Austin Barnes will bat ninth. The Los Angeles battery will be completed with right-handed ace Walker Buehler on the mound for the Dodgers.

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What this game will come down to is what starting pitcher does a better job of navigating these deep batting orders. Both teams’ bullpens have given up runs in bunches at times, so that may be a push at this point. Whoever pitches better in their first two times through the order between Fried and Buehler will likely lead his team to a huge postseason victory.

Does Atlanta close it out tonight or will Los Angeles force a winner-take-all Game 7 on Sunday?