The NLDS showdown between the Atlanta Braves (96-66) and Los Angeles Dodgers (92-70) will be a worthy battle. The Braves owned the National League’s best record for most of the season, only to be recently ousted by the St. Louis Cardinals (97-65).
On the other end of the spectrum, there’s the Dodgers. Up until the All-Star break, the Dodgers appeared to be an overpaid and underachieving squad, posting a mere 47-47 record. But they came roaring back in the second half, owning an incredible 45-23 record.
With both teams possessing some of the league’s best talent, Game 1 is certainly up for grabs. Even with Clayton Kershaw kicking off the playoffs for the Dodgers, the Braves could still find ways to best the league’s finest starter.
Read on to see the keys to each team winning Game 1 of the NLDS on Thursday night.