Dodgers vs Braves playoff history:
- Series played: 5
- Series record: 3-2
- Overall record: 12-12
The Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers have squared off in back-to-back NLCS and have been the last two World Series Champions. The road to winning it all goes through the Dodgers and Braves, and with Atlanta winning the NL East, these two teams could square off in the NLCS once more.
Dave Roberts and Co. are obviously hoping that the series doesn’t go like it did last year, where the Braves comfortably won in six games. Los Angeles was so visibly drained from a long division battle against the Giants and a grueling five-game series against San Francisco in the NLDS.
Hopefully, the Braves are the team that’s gassed when the NLCS rolls around and the Dodgers can take advantage. Although, selfishly, the Dodgers would probably rather play a team like the Phillies or Cardinals.
If the 1988 NLCS is the best playoff series in franchise history, then the 2020 NLCS might be second. The Dodgers overcame the odds and came back from a 3-1 deficit with some massive plays in key moments. There were far too many to count.
Prior to that, the Dodgers beat the Braves in two consecutive NLDS in this current nine-year playoff stretch. LA beat Atlanta in four games in both 2018 and 2013, with 2013 yielding the infamous Juan Uribe home run.
Before these four matchups in this nine-year stretch, LA and Atlanta faced each other just once: in the 1996 NLDS. Atlanta swept that series behind the trio of John Smoltz, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine.