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2021 National League Championship Series Game 5, Braves vs. Dodgers, Thursday 10/21, 7:08 CT

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The Braves can punch their ticket to the World Series tonight.

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These two teams have been in this position before. Like, last year, when the Braves were up on the Dodgers 2-0 and 3-1, only to see L.A. come back and win the NLCS.

That was a much different situation, with the NLCS played in Globe Life Field, home of the Texas Rangers, with only 25 percent capacity for fans. This year, with Atlanta having home field and up 3-1, they still have two home games to put this series away even if they lose Game 5 tonight. The Braves are a hot team right now, too:

Here’s a bit more on the current situation in this series:

A couple of roster notes for this game:

Also, a humorous note from last night’s Game 4:

Here’s everything you need to know for today’s LCS game.

Braves vs. Dodgers, 7:08 p.m. CT. Braves lead series 3-1.

Max Fried, LHP vs. Joe Kelly, RHP

The Dodgers are going with an opener again, because that worked so well last night.

TV: TBS. Announcers: Brian Anderson, Ron Darling, Jeff Francoeur and Lauren Shehadi.

MLB.com Gameday

Baseball-reference.com preview

This is the only thread for today’s game. Enjoy, and discuss amongst yourselves.