In last night’s NLDS opener between the Braves and Dodgers, there was one thing that was clear. The Braves were not firing on all cylinders.
Atlanta pitcher Kris Medlen didn’t show a repeat of his September where he won Pitcher of the Month. Rather he faltered, allowing five runs in just four innings. Relief pitcher Jordan Walden also allowed an earned run, which gave the Dodgers a 6-1 lead that they would hang on to.
Clayton Kershaw struck out 12 batters while allowing just one earned run and three hits over seven innings. Kershaw showed why he is the odds on favorite for the NL Cy Young award.
The Braves hope to tie it up on Friday by putting up young star pitcher Mike Minor. Minor went 13-9 with a 3.21 ERA in 2013. The Dodgers will be putting up Zack Greinke, 15-4 had a 2.63 ERA. Though Minor has never pitched in the postseason, Greinke’s playoff ERA is over six. The Braves are hoping their bats will come alive and that they will be able to tie up the series.