It's up to a pair of rookie pitchers to give their teams the edge in the NL Division Series.
The pressure is on Atlanta's Julio Teheran and Los Angeles' Hyun-Jin Ryu to live up to the standards their predecessors have set in a pitching-dominated matchup.
They will take the mound Sunday in Los Angeles as the Braves and Dodgers battle for a pivotal second win in the best-of-five series that is tied at 1-1.
In Game 1, veteran ace Clayton Kershaw handcuffed the Braves in Los Angeles' 6-1 win. He struck out 12 and gave up one run in seven innings.
Facing Zach Greinke in Game 2, the Braves' Mike Minor gave up just one run over 6 1/3 innings, and his bullpen pitched well enough to preserve a 4-3 victory.
Now they head to Los Angeles for the Dodgers' first home playoff game since 2009.
"You don't want to go into L.A. down two games," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "But now our goal over there is to win one, maybe split the two games there and come back home. But you're facing Greinke after facing Kershaw last night, and it was a big win, and the guys stepped up, and played tremendous defense -- and we really, really pitched well."
Teheran goes against Ryu in a pivotal game that will put one team a win away from the NL Championship Series.
Ryu, a 26-year-old from South Korea who was a major signing by the Dodgers last winter, hasn't pitched since Sept. 29. But he satisfied coaches with a bullpen session Friday.
The left-hander finished the season 14-8 with a 3.00 ERA, and he gave up one run in 7 2/3 innings against Atlanta on June 7.
"We don't consider him a rookie," Kershaw said. "The way he carries himself every day, we're really not worried about composure or the adrenaline getting to him, or anything like that. He has such a great feel for his four pitches."
Teheran, 22, also went 14-8 this season with a 3.20 ERA; the right-hander did not face the Dodgers.
Gonzalez expects him to approach the game the same way he has every contest this season.
"I wouldn't even bring it up or anything," Gonzalez said. "He's going to go out and he's going to compete like he always has. If he gets his fastball command and throws the secondary pitches, he's going to be OK."