After seemingly playing nothing but NL East foes for the past month, the Braves will welcome the Los Angeles Dodgers (66-70, 11.5 GB) to Turner Field this Labor Day weekend. While LA has struggled as a whole this season, they have a few players who are bonafide superstars. Winners of nine of their last 10 games, Atlanta better not take the Dodgers lightly.
Let's take a closer look at the club:
The NL MVP?:
#27 / Center Field / Los Angeles Dodgers
Sep 23, 1984
|2011 - Matt Kemp||136||505||88||162||26||3||31||102||63||130||36||7||.321||.395||.568|
Kemp may or may not win the NL MVP award, but he'd probably be a lock if his team was a playoff contender. After a rough season in 2010, the center fielder has had a monster season and is showing everyone he truly is one of the best hitters in all of baseball. A rare player capable of being a 30/30 guy, his only downfall comes in the field, though he has improved from previous seasons. Don't let him beat you.
Friday, 7:35 -- Brandon Beachy vs. Chad Billingsley -- PeachTree TV, Fox Sports South
|2011 - Brandon Beachy||7-2||20||20||0||0||0||0||114.1||100||46||42||15||32||128||3.31||1.15|
|2011 - Chad Billingsley||10-10||27||27||1||0||0||0||165.1||163||82||75||12||70||137||4.08||1.41|
Saturday, 7:10 -- Mike Minor vs. Nathan Eovaldi -- SportSouth
|2011 - Mike Minor||4-2||10||10||0||0||0||0||55.2||64||28||27||1||19||52||4.37||1.49|
|2011 - Nathan Eovaldi||1-2||5||5||0||0||0||0||26.0||22||10||10||1||12||18||3.46||1.31|
Sunday, 1:35 -- Randall Delgado vs. Clayton Kershaw -- SportSouth
|2011 - Randall Delgado||0-1||2||2||0||0||0||0||10.0||8||5||4||2||3||6||3.60||1.10|
|2011 - Clayton Kershaw||17-5||28||28||5||2||0||0||198.2||152||59||54||13||50||212||2.45||1.02|
The Dodgers are among the hottest teams in baseball right now. They have a few players capable of dominating a game, though they are pretty weak at other positions as well. Atlanta should be able to take two games out of the series, but Kershaw will be a tough man to beat on Sunday.