These two teams may be the best two in the NL playoffs, but one of them will be heading home for the winter before next weekend. The Atlanta Braves pretty much took over the NL East division early on and won it going away, while the Dodgers were awful early on, but caught absolute fire after they brought up rookie sensation Yasiel Puig.
Puig was an instant sensation showing off his power and rocket arm early and often for LA. More importantly, the Dodgers starting winning – a lot.
The Dodgers are the favorites to win this series and the National League Pennant, but they will be without a couple of their sluggers.
According to Sportsline on Oct. 3, Slugger Matt Kemp is out for the postseason with an ankle injury, while outfielder Andre Ethier will likely be limited to pinch-hitting duties because of his own ankle issues. He hasn't played in the field since Sept. 13.
Las Vegas odds makers have LA as the favorite in tonight’s game 1, and with good reason. LA will send ace Clayton Kershaw to the mound tonight while Atlanta will go with Kris Medlen.
If Medlen (15-12, 3.11 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 157 K in 197 IP) can keep the Braves in it early, they may be able to get to the Dodgers ace. Kershaw (16-9, 1.83 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 232 K in 236 IP) doesn’t lose often, but he is 2-2 with a 3.74 ERA in four starts against the Braves.
Here is a look at the schedule, odds and prediction.
- Thurs. October 3 8:37 p.m. at Atlanta TBS
- Fri. October 4 6:07 p.m. at Atlanta TBS
- Sun. October 6 8:07 p.m. at Los Angeles TBS
- Mon. October 7 TBA at Los Angeles* TBS or MLBN
- Wed. October 9 TBA at Atlanta* TBS
Game 1 odds:
LA (-140), Atlanta (+125) Over/Under 5.5 runs
Series odds: LA (-160), Atlanta (+140)
Prediction: Everyone seems to love the Dodgers in this spot, however I see things different. Atlanta is one of the best teams in baseball, but they seem to be flying under the radar - they won’t be when the series is over.