“When it’s all said and done the Dodgers will be at the top of the division” – Dave Roberts. Well, he was right. Now, after winning a decisive game 163 to win their 6th consecutive NL West title, the Dodgers can shift their attention to the young Atlanta Braves in the NLDS.
Let’s take a look at how these teams stack up against each other.
Two teams who helped each other before the start of the season now square off in the division series. Perhaps, the story of the off-season for the Dodgers was re-acquiring all-star Matt Kemp while dumping big contracts and getting under the salary tax threshold.
The Dodgers were not the only side able to reap the benefits from that trade. While the Dodgers were able to get rid of big contracts with 1 year remaining, the Braves got rid of a big contract with 2 years remaining. Not just, a huge help financially but allowed Ronald Acuña to start every day. Kemp’s movement to LA gave Acuña a shot to breakout as he is likely en route to a NL ROY award.
The last time these two teams faced off in the playoffs was back in 2013. The first of what would be 6 consecutive NLDS appearances for the Dodgers while also being the last time the Braves played in October.
This series was won by the Dodgers in 4 games. Thanks to some questionable management decisions by Atlanta and a heroic home run a by a fan favorite Juan Uribe as a disgusted Craig Kimbrel watched from the bullpen. These teams are completely different from what they were in 2013, so let’s look how they match up on a position-by-position basis.