The Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers will square off in Game 1 of their ALDS series on Thursday night with the game being broadcast nationally on MLB Network. First pitch is set for 8:37 pm Eastern Standard Time.
Mike Foltynewicz will get the ball for the Braves in the first game of the series. He has a 13-10 record with a 2.85 ERA so far this season. Foltynewicz racked up 202 strike outs on the season and had a WHIP of 1.08.
Los Angeles will trot out Hyun-Jin Ryu, who has a 7-3 record with a 1.97 ERA. Ryu struck out 89 batters this season and had a 1.01 WHIP. The Dodgers raised some eyebrows around baseball by not starting ace Clayton Kershaw in Game 1 but Kershaw is now set to start Game 2. Kershaw can opt out of his deal when the season comes to a close.
“Honestly I haven’t thought about it,” Kershaw told the Los Angeles Times. “I can’t give an answer because I really don’t know what’s ahead. I know we got playoffs ahead. It’s been a good distraction and if we weren’t making the playoffs I probably would’ve put a lot more thought into where we’re going and where I’m going personally. But right now I can’t do it. There’s not enough room up there for both.”
Kershaw had some back issues this season but still earned a 2.73 ERA this season. He would be available in a potential Game 5 if the series goes that far. Game 2 of the series is set for Friday in Los Angeles before the series shifts to Atlanta for Game 3 on Sunday.
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