4. Atlanta Braves
Unfortunately, the Dodgers will likely see one of these two teams in the NLDS this season. Whichever team does not win the NL East is going to be heavily favored in the three-game playoff series.
That being said, anything can happen and either the Mets or Braves could head into that three-game series and drop two games at home to get a premature playoff exit. Dodgers fans shouldn’t be banking on that happening, but it’s possible.
Atlanta is more favorable of an opponent than New York as they do not have the same dominant 1-2 punch that New York does. Ironically, you could argue that the Braves would be a harder team to beat in a seven-game series because of their depth while the Mets present more of a problem in a five-game series.
Atlanta and Los Angeles have faced each other in each of the last two playoffs with the two teams splitting the NLCS and going on to win the World Series. This is a better Dodgers team than last year while Atlanta is missing a key member of its lineup … who’s now wearing Dodger blue.
This series would be full of drama with Freddie Freeman going up against his former team. Hopefully he could be the spark that would make the difference if this happens.