In the 2013 NLDS matchup between the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers, the Dodgers may have the better pitching, but the Braves will bring a better lineup to what should be an intriguing series.
What stands out about Atlanta’s lineup is their power. The Braves led the NL with 181 home runs this season, and even without the 22 home runs from Dan Uggla, who is not on the NLDS roster, the Braves hit 21 more home runs than the Dodgers this season. With all that home run power, the Braves are better than the Dodgers at being able to change a game with one swing of the bat, which is an invaluable asset to have in the postseason.
What makes Atlanta’s lineup so dangerous is that they have so many home run threats in their lineup. Not including Uggla, the Braves had four players with 20 home runs or more in 2013, including Justin Upton, Freddie Freeman and Brian McCann, who make up the heart of Atlanta’s batting order.
Even shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who’s known more for his defense, is a power threat after hitting 17 home runs this year. Also, despite down seasons, Jason Heyward and B.J. Upton should also be considered threats to go deep, as both can wipe their slates clean and forget about their disappointing regular seasons.
Atlanta has a deep lineup, and they have a batter who’s a threat to hit the ball out of the ballpark at just about every spot. A lineup like that will be difficult to traverse for the Dodgers pitchers, especially in the postseason when one little mistake can be the difference between winning and losing.
The Dodgers also have an accomplished lineup, but there’s no substitute for power, and because it’s clear that Atlanta has more game-changing power, it’s the Braves that have the better lineup in the NLDS.