Dodgers vs. Braves NLDS 2013: Predicting the Winner

By Zach Slotter
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The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves will square off in one of the two NLDS matchups starting tomorrow. Both of these teams got to where they are by totally different paths.

The Braves pretty much ran the table to their division title, looking strong for the most part but were also able to overcome their deficiencies (high strikeout totals, struggles with RISP). The Dodgers, on the other hand, struggled through the better part of the first few months of the season and then went on an amazing run and never looked back.

Now both are in the postseason and we will figure out who has the edge here.

The Braves’ starting staff lacks the experience compared to that of the Dodgers, but experience hasn’t led to success as their top aces Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke have both struggled in postseason play. When it comes to the lineups, the Braves have a more complete lineup and the return of Jason Heyward should make up for the struggles of B.J. Upton and Dan Uggla.

The Dodgers will be without Matt Kemp as they were for most of the season, and will have to rely on Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier to pick up some of the slack.

The Braves won four out of six against the Dodgers over the course of the regular season. But that was during the first half of the season, a completely different Dodgers team compared to the one that’ll play in the NLDS. Still, the depth of the Braves’ roster trumps that of the Dodgers and should be enough to give them the edge.

Final Prediction: Braves in four.

Zach Slotter is a contributor for Rant Sports, Follow him on Twitter@zslot6, Like his Facebook page and add him on Google

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