Hope to see you baseball fans down at Turner Field this week, as the NLDS gets underway. Braves & Dodgers! Sounds good to me. If you want to be the best, you've got to beat the best. So, bring on the Los Angeles Dodgers!
Dodgers just got some bad news on star outfielder Matt Kemp. He's out for the postseason, because of an ankle injury. And Andre Ethier's ankle is hurting too. They might have to go with Van Slyke in right and Puig in center. The Dodgers are quick to point out this trend: Dodgers were 42-8 without Kemp in line-up this season.
The Los Angeles line-up included only 2 guys that finished up the regular season with a strong month at the plate. Michael Young (acquired from Phillies) hit .314 & Juan Uribe hit .308 in September. Puig struggled in the final month, hitting .214.
One other trend to take note of: Dodgers went 12-15 in September, going 7-9 on the road. It's not like they hit the postseason on a big hot streak.
The Braves line-up has to find a way to score a few runs off Kershaw & Greinke, in Games #1 & #2. Clutch hits are huge in the postseason, obviously. Got to cash in, when there are opportunities.
Maybe it'll be Freeman at the plate, when the scoring opportunity comes. Freeman hit .443 (58-131) with runners in scoring position during the regular season. Gattis has come up huge too. Chris Johnson has delivered. Would love to see McCann deliver a big hit, in what could be his last opportunity in a Braves uniform. Talk about huge.
Medlen isn't scared to face Clayton Kershaw. And Minor won't be intimidated by Greinke. Bring it on, boys!
Can't wait to see this series. See you at Turner Field.
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