Found October 02, 2013 on Fox Sports South:
ATLANTA -- Justin Upton knows all too well what Clayton Kershaw is capable of. Having seen the Dodgers ace for four years while he was with the National League West rival Diamondbacks, Upton offered a succinct and fitting take on the pitcher the Braves will face Thursday in Game 1 of their division series. "He's definitely at the top of his game, at the top of his craft," Upton said. Or, as Kris Medlen, who will take the mound opposite Kershaw for the NL East champion Braves said: "(He) has had an unbelievable run this year and I think is the Cy Young Award winner." The numbers certainly back Medlen up. Kershaw (16-9) led the NL in ERA (1.83) and WHIP (0.915) for the third straight year -- joining Lefty Grove, Greg Maddux and Roger Clemens as the only pitchers to do so in back-to-back-to-back years -- he also led the league in strikeouts (232) and allowed more than three earned runs in three of his 33 starts. It's a dominance that the Braves have o...

Doing MLB postseason predictions the right way: 2013 edition

October has finally arrived. That means scary movies start rolling on AMC, pumpkins undergo makeovers, and sportswriters make playoff predictions for the 2013 MLB postseason. So grab a glass of your favorite cider or seasonal beer and let’s see if we can hash out some predictions for this postseason. Wild-Cards. Pittsburgh v. Cincinnati: The game will be held in Pittsburgh, which...

Clayton Kershaw Changes the Script

Clayton Kershaw “struggled with his fastball command,” wrote one recap of Thursday’s NLDS Game 1 in Atlanta. “He couldn’t throw the ball where he wanted,” said another, again referring to his fastball, and he “wasn’t at his best early,” wrote yet another. Those takes were all accurate, and when you’re reading reviews of a starting pitcher’s playoff performance...

Kershaw pitches Dodgers past Braves 6-1 in Game 1

ATLANTA (AP) -- Clayton Kershaw struck out 12 during seven dominant innings, Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the bumbling Atlanta Braves 6-1 in Game 1 of the NL division series Thursday night. The Dodgers jumped out to a 5-0 lead by the fourth against Kris Medlen, taking advantage of some shoddy Atlanta defense even though the Braves were generously...

Kershaw fans 12, Dodgers beat Braves 6-1 in Game 1

Clayton Kershaw finally has his first postseason win. He made sure it was one to remember. Kershaw struck out 12 while allowing only three hits, Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 6-1 in Game 1 of the NL division series Thursday night. The win soared to the top of Kershaw's list of favorites - no small statement for the...

Dodgers, Kershaw Dominant In NLDS Game One

Before Game One of the NLDS matching up the Los Angels Dodgers against the Atlanta Braves one of our readers let us know that the Braves were going to beat Clayton Kershaw. Memo to reader: Don’t quit your day job. Kershaw struck out 12 during seven dominant innings, Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run homer and the Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 6-1 in Game 1 on Thursday night. Atlanta...

NLDS Game 1: Clayton Kershaw dominates Braves in 6-1 Dodgers win

The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 6-1 in Game 1 of the NL Division Series on Thursday night to take a 1-0 series lead. The story of this game was Clayton Kershaw carving up Atlanta's lineup, getting into a vicious groove his third time through the order. Kershaw was never really in trouble all night, as the Braves totaled just five hits over the course of the...

Dodgers Take Game One Behind Offense and Clayton Kershaw’s Gritty Start


Three things: How Dodgers took Game 1 vs. Braves

The Dodgers' success isn't built on offense, which is why the loss of Matt Kemp for the postseason and Andre Ethier from the starting lineup was never viewed as major. Big, yes. Major, not really. The Dodgers' strength lies in their pitching, in Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. So although they displayed some clutch hitting in beating the Atlanta Braves 6-1 Thursday...

MLB Game Picks - Thursday: October 3, 2013

I love Nick Swisher, I do. But his performance in the Wild Card Game last night against the Rays was so reminiscent of past post seasons for him. His first few times up, he had a strikeout and then grounded the ball right into the teeth of the shift when there were no fielders from second base to third. Then, when he had a man on first and third, instead of embracing or understanding...

Dugout Digest - dominant aces

Adam Wainwright and Clayton Kershaw absolutely dealt yesterday, pitching the Cardinals and Dodgers to 1-0 NLDS leads over the Pirates and Braves respectively. Neither game was really all that close, and both series are in line to end like most of our staff predicted. PIC OF THE DAY Kris Medlen says on his face what all of the Braves were thinking last night. (Daniel...

Supermodel Kate Upton joins Upton brothers on SI cover

Just in time for the Major League Baseball playoffs, and perhaps some new body-styling TV spot from Gillette, Braves outfielders Justin and B.J. Upton are appearing with supermodel Kate Upton on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated. B.J. and Justin Upton made history back in April with Atlanta, becoming the first brothers duo to belt the game-tying and game-winning homers...

Kate Upton In Threesome With Upton Brothers On SI Cover

Kate Upton rocks a Braves jersey in between B.J. and Justin Upton on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s current issue. The photo…

Kate Upton rocks Sports Illustrated cover with Upton brothers

ports Illustrated has released their MLB Playoff Preview issue, and gracing the cover are Kate, BJ and Justin Upton.

All The Uptons Got Together For The Sports Illustrated MLB Playoff Preview

So yeah, Kate Upton, and (adopted brothers?) B.J. and Justin Upton of the Atlanta Braves got together to shoot the cover of SI’s MLB Playoff Preview.  Kate looks good in a baseball uniform, and took the time to take a few shots with the Braves outfielders. Article found on: Next Impulse Sports

Braves stumble early, lose to Dodgers 6-1 in NLDS

The Atlanta Braves flopped and staggered their way to another October debacle. With Dan Uggla watching from the dugout, this one was downright ugly. Clayton Kershaw struck out 12 during seven dominant innings, Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers blew out the bumbling Braves 6-1 in Game 1 of the NL division series Thursday night. The Braves haven'...
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