NLDS Gm. 1 Preview: Braves @ Dodgers
Updated: Oct 8, 2018
The second game of the night belongs to the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Braves come into LA after shocking the baseball world by winning the NL East with a 92-72 record. They haven't played since Sunday when they lost 3-1 to the Philadelphia Phillies. They will, however, be the more rested team coming in as the Dodgers are coming in fresh off their Monday night win against the Colorado Rockies. The Dodgers won the NL West after winning that tiebreaker game against the Rockies with a 92-71 record.
The Braves will send young starter Mike Foltynewicz to the mound. Foltynewicz had a breakout season for the Braves (his fifth season in his career), emerging as the ace of this young squad.
Foltynewicz finished the year with a 13-10 record to go along with a 2.85 ERA, a 1.08 WHIP and 202 K's. He has been on a tear recently giving up more than two runs twice in his last nine starts. In his only other start against the Dodgers this season Foltynewicz went five innings, giving up four runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out eight.
The Dodgers will counter with Hyun-Jin Ryu. Ryu's numbers are pretty dazzling in an injury shortened season. He finished the yea with a 1.97 ERA, a 1.01 WHIP, 89 K's and only 15 walks in 82.1 innings. The 31 year old native of South Korea has only given up one run in his past three starts.
The Dodgers will hope to back the numbers of Ryu with a loaded lineup that was bolstered by the trade deadline acquisition of shortstop Manny Machado. The lineup will feature the likes of Justin Turner, sluggers Yasiel Puig and Max Muncy, along with former rookie of the year winner Cody Bellinger.
The Braves will trot out a much younger line up including rookie phenoms Ozzie Albies and Ronald Acuna Jr. They will fill out their rosters with a few veterans in Freddie Freeman, first time all star Nick Markakis and defensive specialist Ender Inciarte. Unfortunately for the Braves they will be without regular shortstop Dansby Swanson after he partially tore a ligament in his hand and was left off the NLDS roster.
The game will begin at 8:37 EST at Dodgers stadium in Los Angeles.