Found September 29, 2013 on
The Los Angeles Dodgers head into the playoffs playing mediocre baseball (Photo credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea, USA TODAY Sports) Prior to the completion of their 2013 regular season finale on Sunday against the Colorado Rockies, the Los Angeles Dodgers learned the identity of their National League division series opponent — the NL East champions, Atlanta Braves. Once considered the hottest teams in baseball during the months of July and August, when they were piling up multiple winning streaks, the Dodgers enter the playoffs having gone 5-5 in their last ten games and finished with a 12-15 record during the month of September. After clinching the NL West division in Arizona and thus a playoff birth, there is some belief the recent struggles can be attributed to a lax mentality the team may have assumed. However, while the Dodgers did pull back a bit, opting for rest over wins, Don Mattingly often pinch hit in late-game situations with the marquee players who had been given the day off.  In hopes of stealing a victory, most times the moves were to no avail. While the rest may have helped, it certainly didn’t cure the Dodgers.  Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp, Hanley Ramirez, and Yasiel Puig are all suffering from various injuries. During their staggering finish to the close out the regular season, the Dodgers lost out on the opportunity to secure home field advantage for any potential playoff series. Adding to the pressure already placed on the Dodgers to perform well in the postseason, ESPN baseball analyst Buster Olney recently said in a radio interview with ESPN LA 710 AM, Mattingly would be fired if the Dodgers were to lose their first round matchup. A miraculous run put the Dodgers in position to make the playoffs and is it now time for them to cash in on their valiant effort. Brief preview of NLDS The Braves won the season series, taking five of the seven games. However, three of the losses came when the Dodgers visited Atlanta in March, and the two teams split a four game set at Dodger Stadium in early June. It is difficult to draw any conclusions from the two series the teams played since they both came prior to the Dodgers righting the ship. The Dodgers’ starting pitching staff boasts the NL’s best ERA at 3.13, and it will certainly be put to the test by the Braves, who are ranked first in the NL with 180 home runs. As potent as the Braves offense can be, they finished the season with 17 games of no runs scored, which is second most in the NL, and they rank first in the NL with a 22.6% strikeout rate. With a 2.46 ERA, Braves relievers own the best ERA in the NL for relief pitchers. Schedule and probables Game 1: Thursday, October 3, Turner Field: Clayton Kershaw ( 16-9, 1.83) vs. Kris Medlen (15-12, 3.11), time TBA. Game 2: Friday, October 4, Turner Field: Zack Greinke (15-4, 2.63) vs. Mike Minor (13-9, 3.21), time TBA. Game 3: Sunday, October 6, Dodger Stadium: Hyun-jin Ryu (xx-x, x.xx) vs. Julio Teheran (13-8, 3.09), time TBA. *Game 4: Monday, October 7, Dodger Stadium: TBA. *Game 5: Wednesday, October 9,  Turner Field: TBA. *If necessary Related articles Dodgers win NL West Matt Kemp shines Dodgers’ struggles continue

A quick & dirty rebuttal of idiotic Matt Kemp arguments

Matt Kemp is out for the 2013 postseason due to an ankle injury, which was a bit of a body blow for the Dodgers, who were hoping to get Kemp back for the playoffs after he posted an .870 OPS since coming off the DL. “The MRI scan indicated swelling in one of the major weight-bearing bones of the ankle. Since that is an area that can be vulnerable with impact and injury, we have...

Dodgers' Matt Kemp (ankle) out of postseason

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Dodgers won't have center fielder Matt Kemp for the postseason because of swelling in a bone in his left ankle. Los Angeles said Sunday that Kemp's season is over. He left the clubhouse on crutches after the Dodgers lost to Colorado 2-1 in Sunday's regular-season finale. Thx to the best fans for your support of the team and me during a tough...

Matt Kemp Done For 2013 Season

And just like that, a contender has lost one of its main ingredients.  The piece of accoutrement in this situation is personified by Matt Kemp, who can no longer be found on the Los Angeles Dodgers’ egg salad sandwich. Injured for most of the year for various reasons – including 52 games over the last 2 months for this particular ankle injury – Matt Kemp could have provided...

Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig leaves game with bruised foot

Dodgers rookie phenom Yasiel Puig had to leave Friday night's game with a bruised left foot the Dodgers announced. This came after two foul balls off the foot. It should be noted however that Puig left in the fifth inning of a 10-0 (at the time) Dodgers lead in a meaningless game as the Dodgers are locked into the third seed in the NL playoffs. He was hobbling a bit yes but...

Matt Kemp Joins The Ranks Of Terrible Athlete Commercials

Welp, as if Matt Kemp’s injury-riddled season of underperformance wasn’t enough, he’s decided to grace our televisions and computer screens with this terrible Lexus commercial. Let’s not be unfair, though, Kemp has had a lot of time this season sitting around on the disabled list. The commercial itself looks forced and hastily made. It’s as if the marketing guys at Lexus...

Brian Wilson wants his ring!

The Giants are lame. They love Timmy Lincecum now that he will be let go... They boo Brian Wilson... And they neglect to give him his ring... And may, or may not, have done an adequate job of securing the bullpen. Check this out... Your browser does not support iframes. The reports from the Bay Area all say this... Brain Wilson is a bully...

Trade With Brad's Blog: Ginterpalooza -- Maury Wills Auto, Puig/Ryu RCs (+ A Sick Fedorov Ducks' Patch)

I completed my second trade with Brad from Brad's Blog. There were many layers to our latest deal but all were fantastically awesome. Brad busted some 2013 Ginter and had a lot available for trade, and thankfully I had enough hits of Philadelphia teams lying around to entice him.First up, this awesome on-card auto of Maury Wills. It's just my second certified Wills John Hancock...

Rookie hazing... must NEVER stop!

These last two days have been rough as Dodger fans... I think we all need a good laugh - this is sure to give it to you. The veterans had their fun wit the rooks on the way home from SF making them dress up in a variety of stunning outfits... 오늘은 정장안입고... #ryukiehazing — Hyun-Jin Ryu...

Zack Greinke Pitches Well in Dodgers’ 1-0 Loss to Rockies


Dad of stabbed Dodgers fan seeks help

The father of a Los Angeles Dodgers fan stabbed to death after a Giants game last week is making a public plea for independent witnesses to contact authorities.

Zack Greinke Walks Away Hard Luck Loser; Dodgers Lose 1-0


Rockies win season finale vs. Dodgers, 2-1

Sunday afternoon began with legendary Dodgers announcer Vin Scully paying tribute to Rockies icon Todd Helton. "Todd I know I am a bit presumptuous when I speak for the Dodger organization for all of the fans in Southern California and for that matter all the fans who love baseball to wish you well" Scully said via a video message on the outfield scoreboards. "On...

An Update on the Dodgers' Fan Who Was Murdered Last Week

By now you all know the tragic incident that happened last week, about four blocks from AT&T Park: an hour after a rivalry game between the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers, 24-year old LA fan Jonathan Denver was stabbed to death during an altercation. Some details have started to emerge, though the whole story is still a little hazy. Police initially arrested...

Dodgers vs. Braves, 2013 NLDS breakdown: In which the general public roots for schadenfreude

The Braves and Dodgers in the 2013 NLDS, because why not, right? Putting aside the respective fanbases, this is a matchup a lot of outsiders have expressed interest in, if for no other reason than to see the most habitual unwritten rule line-steppers take on the steadfast unwritten rule enforcers of grittitude. Basically, everybody wants to see Yasiel Puig and/or Hanley Ramirez batflip...

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