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October 3, 2013

Playoff Prospectus

NLDS Preview: Dodgers at Braves

by Daniel Rathman


The Cardinals won six in a row to end the regular season, snatching the National League’s top seed away from the Braves, who scuffled to a 13-14 record in September. That put Atlanta on a collision course with Los Angeles, which won 62 of its last 90 games and only eased up on the gas pedal when the West division title was well in hand.

Projected Lineups (AVG/OBP/SLG/TAv)

Dodgers

RF-R Yasiel Puig (.319/.391/.534/.334)
LF-L Carl Crawford (.283/.329/.407/.274)
SS-R Hanley Ramirez (.345/.402/.638/.364)
1B-L Adrian Gonzalez (.293/.342/.461/.294)
3B-R Juan Uribe (.278/.331/.438/.282)
C-R A.J. Ellis (.238/.318/.364/.266)
CF-L Skip Schumaker (.263/.332/.332/.242)
2B-R Mark Ellis (.270/.323/.351/.261)

Braves
CF-L Jason Heyward (.254/.349/.427/.275)
RF-R Justin Upton (.263/.354/.464/.287)
1B-L Freddie Freeman (.319/.396/.501/.315)
LF-R Evan Gattis (.243/.291/.480/.265)
C-L Brian McCann (.256/.336/.461/.284)
3B-R Chris Johnson (.321/.358/.457/.278)
SS-R Andrelton Simmons (.248/.296/.396/.252)
2B-S Elliot Johnson (.209/.255/.283/.206)

Two of the top three National League offenses go toe-to-toe in this series, as the Dodgers—tops in the circuit with 347.9 VORP—square off with the Braves, who were third at 306.9 VORP despite racking up 1,384 strikeouts, the highest total among playoff qualifiers. It’s worth noting, however, that 2013 was a tale of two seasons for several key members of Fredi Gonzalez’s lineup.

Name

Before All-Star break

After All-Star break

Evan Gattis

.246/.310/.563

.241/.272/.406

Brian McCann

.291/.374/.536

.220/.296/.384

Dan Uggla

.200/.315/.423

.133/.298/.231

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