NLDS Preview: Braves vs Dodgers
Game 1: Thursday, October 3, 8:37 p.m. ET (televised on TBS)
Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw) at Braves (Kris Medlen)
Game 2: Friday, October 4, 6:07 p.m. ET (TBS)
Dodgers (Zack Greinke) at Braves (Mike Minor)
Game 3: Sunday, October 6, 8:07 p.m. (TBS)
Braves (Julio Teheran) at Dodgers (Hyun-Jin Ryu)
Game 4, if necessary: Monday, October 7, time TBD (TBS)
Braves (Freddy Garcia) at Dodgers (Ricky Nolasco)
Game 5, if necessary: Wednesday, October 9, time TBD (TBS)
Dodgers (Kershaw) at Braves (Medlen)
This matchup features the two best pitching staffs in the National League, with the Braves and Dodgers ranking 1st and 2nd in the NL in ERA, respectively. At the plate, the Braves are 4th in the NL in runs scored and the Dodgers are 7th.
The difference in this matchup could very well be the Dodgers' ace Clayton Kershaw, who is easily the best pitcher on the planet right now. Kershaw was the only player in baseball to finish 2013 with a sub-2.00 ERA, and he'll pitch twice for the Dodgers if they need him to.
The Braves counter with a solid rotation of their own, anchored by Kris Medlen, who has been outstanding as of late.
When all is said and done, I think the 1-2 punch of Kershaw and Zack Greinke will prove to be a bit too much for the Braves, and I'm predicting the Dodgers win in 5. Leave your predictions in the comments below.