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With their backs against the wall http://www.redsfanproshop.com/authentic-tom-seaver-jersey , the Atlanta Braves have extended the National League Division Series after earning a 6-5 Game 3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday at SunTrust Park.Ronald Acuna Jr. blew the game open with a second-inning grand slam, but when the Dodgers fought back to turn a 5-0 deficit into a 5-5 tie, Freddie Freeman came through with the go-ahead home run in the sixth inning.The Braves entered the day down 2-0 in the best-of-five series but kept their season alive with the dramatic win and cut the series deficit to 2-1.Braves Bullpen Bails Out Another Poor StartStarting pitching isn't everything in the postseason, but you still need more than what the Braves players have provided.Sean Newcomb got the start Sunday and allowed two runs (one earned) in 2.2 innings. Kevin Gausman was effectively a second starter and gave up two runs while also allowing his inherited runs to score.The good news is the bullpen鈥攖he players who usually spend time working in relief鈥攄id everything they could to give the Braves a chance to win.Touki Toussaint, Chad Sobotka, A.J. Minter and Arodys Vizcaino each threw one scoreless inning out of the bullpen, combining to allow just three hits in four innings. Vizcaino struck out three to close things out after allowing two to reach base.Ryan Fagan ryanfaganThree very impressive strikeouts for Vizcaino. Wow.Although it might be a surprise for anyone who watched this team during the regular season, the bullpen has been the Braves' strength so far this series.Mike Foltynewicz and Anibal Sanchez each failed to get out of the fifth inning in their starts, combing to allow seven earned runs in just 6.2 innings. On the other hand, the bullpen gave up only one run in 9.1 innings over the first two games.Vizcaino and the rest of the relievers don't always make things easy, but they have been effective so far and they are a major reason the Braves are still alive in the postseason.Considering the struggles over the course of the year鈥攖he team ranked 10th in the NL in bullpen ERA鈥攁 better start in Game 4 could go a long way toward putting everyone at ease. Braves Will Need Production from Veterans to AdvanceThe story of the Braves season has been the young stars producing highlight-reel plays and eye-popping numbers for their age. This was seen in Game 3 as Acuna had the biggest swing of the entire day.The 20-year-old became the youngest ever to hit a postseason Grand Slam with this second-inning shot:MLB MLBThis is not a drill.ronaldacunajr24, GRAND SLAM. 馃槺馃槺馃槺 kbPCTF2FSZThe problem with young players in general http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-b.j.-upton-jersey , however, is they are often inconsistent and are unproven in big moments.Jason Foster of Sporting News broke down the problems:Jason Foster ByJasonFosterThe Braves are very young. You have to keep reminding yourself of that. It鈥檚 just unfortunate that some of the growing pains have to come in the postseason.Atlanta couldn't get much going in back-to-back shutouts to begin the series, and as soon as the team went up five runs in Game 3, it shut down once again. Whether it was lack of focus or overconfidence, it didn't seem as though the Braves were going to score again the rest of the day after the early surge.This was until Freeman came through with the go-ahead solo homer in the sixth inning:MLB MLBFirst-pitch crushing. #NLDS CRgT8EKV4vUnlike much of the roster, Freeman has been around the majors for years and had postseason experience before this week. While others might have been panicking, the 29-year-old remained calm and came through with his biggest hit of the season.While Acuna, Ozzie Albies and others gain more headlines, the Braves have several veterans who can make a difference like Nick Markakis, Kurt Suzuki and even Ender Inciarte. If Atlanta is going to keep winning games, it will need these guys as much if not more than the young guns.Dodgers' Depth, Experience Will Lead to NLDS Series WinEven if things didn't work out in Game 3 http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-omar-vizquel-jersey , not a lot of teams would be able to overcome a 5-0 deficit in the second inning and pull even. Some squads would mail it in and look ahead to Game 4, while others would press too much and try to hit five-run home runs all game.However, the Dodgers got one hit at a time before evening the score, providing plenty of confidence for future games.This is the sixth straight year this organization has been in the playoffs, and most of the roster played in the World Series last season. The players have faced all obstacles and know they can overcome nearly anything.Meanwhile, the physical prowess of the Dodgers was just as obvious Sunday as the team's mental advantage.The Dodgers came into the playoffs with significantly more depth than the Braves and arguably anyone else in the majors, and this made a major impact in Game 3.Three different players鈥擟hris Taylor, Matt Kemp and David Freese鈥攎ade their first starts of the series as manager Dave Roberts tried to counter the lefty starter. Taylor made his presence felt with a two-run home run that got his team back in the game:MLB MLBMr. Clutch. #NLDS yJvWPtVYqaThis also allowed the Dodgers to bring in some of their best hitters off the bench when it mattered most, including Max Muncy:Jeff Schultz JeffSchultzATLLets compare the 2 benches in this series:Dodgers bring in Max Muncy.Braves bring in Ryan Flaherty.Ryan Flaherty hit .217 this season while Muncy was one of the best power hitters in the NL. He then came through with a game-tying home run in the fifth.Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson and Brian Dozier also all got on base as pinch hitters in Game 3.Having matchups that can hurt you throughout a game will help the Dodgers come through with at least one more win this postseason and likely several more.What's Next?The Dodgers still have an advantage in the series and will get another chance to close things out in Atlanta on Monday at 4:30 p.m. ET. Rich Hill and Mike Foltynewicz are expected to start Game 4. The New York Yankees (62-33) will look to continue their interleague success against the New York Mets (39-55) on Friday when they host them as solid home favorites. The Yankees have won six of the past seven meetings with the Mets, according to the OddsShark MLB Database, with a six-game series-winning streak snapped in the most recent matchup between them on June 10. MLB betting line: The Yankees opened as -134 favorites (wager $134 to win $100); the total is at 8.5 runs Jason Kipnis Jersey , according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)MLB betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 4.7-3.6, Yankees (MLB picks on every game)Check out the OddsShark podcast on iTunes or at OddsShark.libsyn.com for more odds information, betting picks and a breakdown of this week's top sports betting news.Why the Mets can pay on the MLB linesThe Mets proved they can hang with the Yankees in the last meeting, when Seth Lugo blanked them for six innings in a 2-0 victory, allowing only two hits with no walks and eight strikeouts. Good pitching will still beat good hitting most of the time, and the Mets will have one of their better starters toeing the rubber here in Noah Syndergaard (5-1, 2.97 ERA).The 6'6" Syndergaard has earned three of his five wins over his previous four outings, giving up two runs or less in each of them. He has also been a better pitcher away from home this season, going 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA in four starts.Why the Yankees can pay on the MLB linesThe Yankees beat the Mets by two runs or more four times during their recent six-game series-winning streak, and they may need to score a lot with rookie Domingo German (2-5, 5.49 ERA) on the mound.The 25-year-old Dominican has struggled occasionally as a spot starter Lonnie Chisenhall Jersey , but he has also pitched well other times. German has picked up both of his two wins at Yankee Stadium, where he is 2-2 with a 4.79 ERA in nine games. The most impressive statistic for him at home, though, is that opposing batters are hitting only .214 against him there. If he can hang in there versus the Mets, the Yankees can win. Smart betting pickGerman has given the Yankees a chance to win in each of his past eight appearances, with them going 5-3 during that stretch, and two of the losses decided by just one run. In the third loss, he pitched one scoreless inning of relief in a 3-0 road defeat to the Philadelphia Phillies.That said, the Yankees are the better team and will win yet again. MLB betting trendsThe Mets are 8-17 in their last 25 games.The total has gone under in eight of the Mets' last 12 games.The total has gone under in four of the Yankees' last five games when playing the Mets. All MLB odds and betting trends according to Bleacher Report's official odds partner, OddsShark. Check out OddsShark on Twitter and Instagram or head to YouTube for more betting picks and analysis on this week's top games. You can also download the free odds tracker app.

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