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Dodgers vs. Braves: How they match up

A look at the National League division series between Los Angeles and Atlanta.

October 02, 2013|By Dylan Hernandez
  • Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman watches his three-run home run against the Cubs during a game this season in Chicago.
Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman watches his three-run home run against… (Charles Rex Arbogast / Associated…)

SCHEDULE

Game 1

Thursday, 5:30 p.m. PDT

@ Atlanta, TBS

Game 2

Friday, 3 p.m. PDT

@ Atlanta, TBS

Game 3

Sunday, Time TBA

at Dodgers, TBS

Game 4*

Monday, Time TBA

@Dodgers, TBS/MLB

Game 5*

Wednesday, Time TBA

@ Atlanta, TBS

* if necessary

LINEUPS

Dodgers

POS. | PLAYER, AVG., HR, RBI, COMMENT

RF | Yasiel Puig, .319, 19, 42

Hit .214 in September but also homered six times

LF | Carl Crawford, 283, 6, 31

Has gone 72 at-bats without a walk

1B | Adrian Gonzalez, .293, 22, 100

Batted .323 with runners in scoring position

SS | Hanley Ramirez, .345, 20, 57

Average fell 70 points, to .316, in the second half

3B | Juan Uribe, .278, 12, 50

.331 on-base percentage is a career high

C | A.J. Ellis, .238, 10, 52

Led NL by seeing 4.37 pitches per plate appearance

2B | Mark Ellis, .270, 6, 48

Hitting .364 when down 0-2 in the count

CF | Skip Schumaker, .263, 2, 30

Hitting .400 vs. the Braves over the last two years

P | Clayton Kershaw, .182, 1, 10

L.A. led NL pitchers in six offensive categories

Braves

POS. | PLAYER, AVG., HR, RBI, COMMENT

CF | Jason Heyward, .254, 14, 38

Missed four of the last six weeks with broken jaw

RF | Justin Upton, .263, 27, 70

Tied for fourth in the National League in home runs

1B | Freddie Freeman, .319, 23, 109

Finished third in the league in batting and RBIs

LF |Evan Gattis, .243, 21, 65

Homered every 16.9 at-bats, one of NL best rates

C | Brian McCann, .256, 20, 57

Limited to 16 games in September by a groin injury

3B | Chris Johnson, .321, 12, 68

Finished second in the race for the NL batting title

SS | Andrelton Simmons, .248, 17, 59

Slick fielder topped the Braves with six triples

2B | Elliot Johnson, .209, 2, 19

Strong September (.277) won him starting job

P | Kris Medlen, ..064, 1, 4

One of three pitchers to homer and steal a base

Powerful statement: No NL team struck out more often than the Braves, but no team homered more often either. Atlanta also has two of the league's top three hitters in Chris Johnson and Freddie Freeman. What the Braves can't do is manufacture runs: Only three NL teams had fewer stolen bases. Offense has been an even bigger challenge for the Dodgers, who outscored only two winning teams this season. Since clinching the division, the Dodgers have been held to two or fewer runs six times in nine games, making the loss of Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier's limited role even more costly. Edge: Braves

ROTATION

Dodgers

PITCHER, W-L, ERA, COMMENT

Clayton Kershaw, 16-9, 1.83

Only L.A. Dodger with ERA under 2.00 besides Koufax

Zack Greinke, 15-4, 2.63

7-1 record, 1.49 ERA in last two months

Hyun-Jin Ryu, 14-8, 3.00

Only Kershaw had more wins, lower ERA among NL lefties

Ricky Nolasco, 13-11, 3.70

12.75 ERA last three starts

Braves

PITCHER, W-L, ERA, COMMENT

Kris Medlen, 15-12, 3.11

Led the majors with nine wins after the All-Star break

Mike Minor, 13-9, 3.21

Four of last five outings were quality starts (Braves lost them all)

Julio Teheran, 14-8, 3.20

Held opponents to a .210 average in the second half

Armed and ready: Dodgers starters led the majors with 22 shutouts and an ERA of 3.13. They led the NL with seven complete games and 841 strikeouts. Much of that has been the work of Kershaw and Greinke (a combined 31-13 with a 2.18 ERA). The rotation drops off after that; Ryu and Nolasco were 3-5 with a 4.19 ERA in September. Atlanta's rotation is also top-heavy and the Braves might use only three starters. Medlen gave up more than a run only once in his last six starts, Minor was sixth in the NL in quality starts and Teheran set a rookie record with 170 strikeouts. Edge: Dodgers

BULLPEN

Dodgers

PITCHER, W-L-S, ERA, COMMENT

Kenley Jansen, 4-3-28, 1.88

One blown save since June; 111 strikeouts in 76 2/3 IP on season

Ronald Belisario, 5-7-1, 3.97

Right-hander has given up 10 runs, 12 hits last 11 IP

Paco Rodriguez, 3-4-2, 2.32

Leads lefties with 76 appearance; 5.68 ERA in September

Brian Wilson, 2-1-0, 0.66

Gave up one run in 18 games since joining team in August

Chris Withrow, 3-0-1, 2.60

Permitted only one run, two hits last 10 2/3 innings

J.P. Howell, 4-1-0, 2.03

Left-handers batting .164 against him

Braves

PITCHER, W-L-S, ERA, COMMENT

Craig Kimbrel, 4-3-50, 1.21

Led National League closers in saves and ERA

Luis Avilan, 5-0-0, 1.52

Lefty setup man has 27 holds

David Carpenter, 4-1-0, 1.78

Gave up only one run in last 14 outings

Freddy Garcia, 1-2-0, 1.65

Probably will be used only as long man if needed

Luis Ayala, 1-1-0, 2.90

Journeyman pitching for eighth team in eight years

Jordan Walden, 4-3-1, 3.45

Ex-Angels closer missed three weeks with a groin injury

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