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Morning Mound Visit: Chris Taylor homers three times as Dodgers whomp Atlanta

After a two-run homer from Freddie Freeman, Game 5 was all Dodgers.

Championship Series - Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game Five Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

Eric Stephen | True Blue LA: Facing elimination and Atlanta’s best starters, the Dodgers offense erupted for 11 runs with help from Chris Taylor, who homered three times. Atlanta got to an early 2-0 lead with Freddie Freeman’s first-inning homer off Joe Kelly, but that’s all they could muster.

Ben Lindbergh and Rob Arthur | The Ringer: MLB tested various rule changes in the minor leagues and MLB’s independent partner leagues this season. Some of them have been successful while others, such as robo umps, have seen mixed results.

Rob Mains | Baseball Prospectus $: Rob Mains has a reminder that “pitching to contact” isn’t a viable strategy no matter what Alex Rodriguez might say. Pitchers who tend to miss bats entirely also tend to induce weaker contact.

Quick Hits

Though Chris Taylor overshadowed him, AJ Pollock hit two homers of his own.

Luis García will start Game 6 for the Astros in the ALCS. Nathan Eovaldi will go for the Red Sox.