This Dodgers starting rotation is the best in the NL and it really is not close. Ryu will get the nod in game 1. Just think of that. Arguably the best Dodger pitcher in the history of the organization is starting game 2 because Hyun-Jin Ryu has been remarkable this season. Looming in game 3 is the player who has earned a spot in the hearts of all fans, Walker Buehler.
That 1-2-3 combo is very underrated when people are discussing playoff rotations. Everyone is talking about Houston, Boston, Chicago (well not anymore) and Cleveland but no peeps about the Dodgers very good rotation.
The Braves starters are nothing to scoff at however. Mike Foltynewicz has been stellar for Atlanta this season. He made the all-star team and has had great success this year. He can be erratic at times but, nonetheless he finds a way to work out of jams and that is what makes him an ace.
The veteran Anibal Sanchez has had a career renaissance in Atlanta. After posting an ERA above 6 in Detroit last season, Sanchez enters the playoffs with a 2.83 ERA and 1.08 WHIP. Sanchez is an innings eater and that could be huge in the playoffs.
Their number 3 starter will likely be Kevin Gausman who has been great since coming over from Baltimore early on in the year. The game 4 starter is where things get tricky if the series gets that far. That is the biggest hole on this staff, Teheran seems like the likely candidate but, trotting out 4 righties against the Dodgers sounds troublesome.
The Dodgers could make the case that they have 3 legitimate number 1 starters. If not they at the very least have 2. This rotation is elite, and could be the best in the playoffs behind Houston. Advantage Dodgers