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The Braves won the East with a 90-72 record and are the only NL team to not play since the regular season ended.
The Dodgers earned the West crown with a win over the Colorado Rockies in Monday’s tiebreaker game. They finished the season 92-71 as a result.
Here are some things to know about the series.
Clayton Kershaw tends to get the series-opening assignments for the Dodgers. He won’t this time, however, with the honor instead going to Hyun-jin Ryu.
Kershaw will start Game 2, and will be followed by Walker Buehler in Game 3. Depending on how the series plays out, it’s possible the Braves end up facing four left-handers in a five-game set.
Intimidating? Maybe for most teams, but the Braves performed better against southpaws than against right-handers during the regular season.
Atlanta ranked fourth in the majors in OPS versus lefties, with four players — Tyler Flowers, Ronald Acuna, Freddie Freeman, and Ozzie Albies — posting individual marks over .900 in more than 75 plate appearances.
Should Dansby Swanson miss the series, then the Braves will have just one regular (Ender Inciarte) who posted an OPS below 700 against lefties during the season, and he’s in there foremost for his defense.
Naturally, there’s something to be said about the small-sample sizes in play. The Dodgers lefties — Ryu, Kershaw, and likely Rich Hill — are also a bit different, a bit better than the normal left-handers the Braves saw during the regular season.
But if the team-wide trend holds true a while longer, the Braves might be unusually well-equipped to handle the Dodgers’ rotation.
One of the looming questions about this series pertains to Swanson’s availability. He was sidelined late in the year by an injured hand.
If Swanson is unable to play, he will be replaced by journeyman Charlie Culberson.
On paper, that may look like an upgrade at the dish. Culberson posted a 112 OPS+ during the regular season (Swanson checked in at 88) while amassing a surprising .196 ISO in more than 300 plate appearances — remember, he entered the season with a career .324 slugging percentage.