A year ago, the Dodgers went to Game 7 of the World Series while the Braves finished 25 games behind the Nationals in the National League East, but tonight the clubs open the best-of-five 2018 NL Division Series at Dodger Stadium, where Hyun-Jin Ryu, not Clayton Kershaw, is slated to start for Los Angeles against Atlanta's Mike Foltynewicz. The last time the clubs played in the postseason was the 2013 NLDS, won by the Dodgers in four games.
|Gm 1||Oct. 4||8:37 p.m. ET||ATL @ LAD||MLBN|
|Gm 2||Oct. 5||9:37 p.m. ET||ATL @ LAD||FS1|
|Gm 3||Oct. 7||8:07 p.m. ET||LAD @ ATL||FS1|
|*Gm 4||Oct. 8||TBD||LAD @ ATL||MLBN/FS1|
|*Gm 5||Oct. 10||TBD||ATL @ LAD||MLBN/FS1|
Who is hot and who is not?
Braves: Ozzie Albies thrived against left-handed pitchers and struggled mightily against righties after the break. Freddie Freeman cooled for a three-week stretch, but he was once again one of baseball's top hitters over the season's final three weeks.
Dodgers: The elephant in the room is the closer Jansen, who has been erratic. Offensively, David Freese is hitting .385 since being acquired. Grandal finished 9-for-20 and Hernandez 11-for-20 on last week's trip. Walker Buehler is coming off the start of a lifetime.
The Dodgers went 5-2 against the Braves during the regular season and were 2-1 against them in a home series in June when Stripling and Wood started. Buehler started the other game in the June series against Brandon McCarthy and allowed one run on two hits in 5 1/3 innings of a 7-3 win.