Watch Braves vs. Dodgers NLDS Game 1

Dean Simpson
October 9, 2018

The Dodgers won the season series 5-2, scoring 5.0 runs per game to the Braves' 2.6. "There was a lot of soft contact", Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.

The Dodgers kept their lineup intact in facing their second straight right-hander.

It was not easy though, the Dodgers were as far as nine games out of first place after losing to the Arizona Diamondbacks on May 9th. If Kershaw had gone first, he would be on four days' rest, while Ryu would be on six days' rest for Game 2. They struck out 10 times. "And so when you take somebody of his caliber, if you do that and he can pop one, then it could change the game, and that's what happened tonight". He got out of a two-out, bases-loaded jam in the first by striking out Yasiel Puig. Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times Fans Jeff Damavandi and his kids Jacob, 5, left, and Brett, 13, cheer on the Dodgers as they play the Atlanta Braves. Since Turner returned from his injury, he has been one of the best hitters in the National League, and his defense was a huge plus as well. Without Turner, the Dodgers would not be close to winning the division this year.

Ryu and Kershaw became the second pair of Dodgers starters to have consecutive postseason games with seven-plus scoreless innings. But 163 has got to be somewhere between a regular game and a playoff game. He hit.239 with 18 home runs in 59 turns as the Dodgers' leadoff man this season. Max Muncy has 35 home runs this season, fifth in the National League.

Dodgers infielder Cody Bellinger signs autographs for fans before playing the Atlanta Braves.

Buehler for his part came into the season as one of the Dodgers best prospects, and he did not disappoint. "So Game 1, Game 2, game whatever, I'm getting to pitch in the playoffs and I'm excited about that". Why hasn't Manny Machado hit quite as well as a Dodger? It has been a more than just a couple of players involved in achieving this.

Hyun-Jin Ryu, not Clayton Kershaw, will get the ball for the Dodgers.

Dodger Stadium can hold about 56,000 people.

The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Bill Russell, the shortstop of the Dodgers record-setting 1973-81 infield, and the team's manager from 1996-98. Rich Hill as well has not set the league on fire but has been a reliable starter throughout the year.

Even though their prospects of winning the series don't look great at the moment, it was just one game, and they can't swing the momentum once more with a win Friday night. We have more off days now during the season, so it kind of worked out that way. And which teams are a must-back?

All in all, this is still a unsafe team going into the playoffs.

Calling Kershaw "this generation's best pitcher", Roberts reiterated the decision to go with Ryu was made because it allows both pitchers to have five days' rest between starts. Kershaw is all but a lock to opt out of his final two years and become a free agent for the first time in his career.

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