Before the Atlanta Braves hosted the Los Angeles Dodgers for a three-game set heading into this weekend, I have told people over the past couple of weeks that Atlanta is a serious contender and it wouldn’t surprise me to see them in the World Series in 2019.
The Braves took two-out-of-three against the Dodgers and it is time to take Atlanta seriously. The Atlanta Braves did not blow out Los Angeles at all, but winning both games very closely means this team has a lot of character.
It appeared as if on Sunday afternoon the Los Angeles Dodgers were going to send a message early to Atlanta early in the game after Cody Bellinger hit a three-run homer off of Max Fried.
Bellinger has 42 home runs this season for Los Angeles.
Rafel Ortega hit a grand slam for the Braves off of Dustin May in the sixth-inning to give Atlanta a 5-3 win.
The Atlanta Braves were swept on the road against the Los Angeles Dodgers back in May. Atlanta was not the team they are now.
The Braves have the second best record in the National League at 74-52. The Dodgers still have the best record in the National League at 82-44.
With that being said, this could have the potential to be an epic seven-game series. At this point in time, Los Angeles should represent the National League in the World Series but Atlanta will be a monster stumbling block.
The Atlanta Braves have more high end players on their roster like Ozzie Albies, Ronald Acuna Jr., and Freddie Freeman.
Other than Cody Bellinger on the Los Angeles Dodgers, do they have a true superstar on the roster? They play well as a collective unit.
Both teams have bullpen issues.
The starting pitchers could potentially be the difference in a series like this. Los Angeles’s top four starters are Hyun-Jin Ryu, Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, and Kenta Maeda.
Atlanta’s top four starters are Mike Soroka, Max Fried, Sean Newcomb, and Julio Teheran.
As of right now, the Los Angeles Dodgers are the favorites in the National League for now but it isn’t by much. The Atlanta Braves will be ready to roll once October comes.
Technically speaking, it would be a monster upset if Atlanta went to the World Series instead of Los Angeles.