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The Dodgers seem to match up well with the Braves. They have the lefty-hitting to mash their righty-heavy bullpen of Greene/Martin/Melancon and have the right-handed pitching in their own bullpen to garner a slight overall advantage.
But Freeman and Acuña Jr. are two of the best in baseball with even splits across the board. If the Dodgers can handle this pair of All-Stars, then they should be able to succeed in a series against Atlanta once again.
The key to this matchup really hinges on unknowns. Will the Braves bullpen of trade deadline transplants be able to beat up on the rookies in the Dodger lineup?
Will the Dodgers’ balanced attack overwhelm the weak underbelly of the Braves’ rotation or overcome the rookie sensation, Mike Soroka? Will the Braves’ lineup be able to come through against righties and lefties alike?
Hopefully, some of these questions are answered in the upcoming series between the two division leaders. Or at the very least, hopefully, the Dodgers take two of three.