Manager Brian Snitker maintained the Braves’ roster decisions will be influenced by the opponent. Perhaps that includes the team’s fourth starter – Julio Teheran hasn’t historically fared well at Dodger Stadium as opposed to excellent numbers in Colorado.
The meeting also features Charlie Culberson and Matt Kemp facing their former teams. The duo were part of a major salary swap in the offseason that helped the Braves free up future salary commitments and the Dodgers duck the luxury tax.
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Such a complex move was orchestrated because of relationships between Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos and Dodgers president Andrew Friedman. Anthopoulos worked in the Dodgers front office for a couple years before taking the GM job last November.
In 2013, Craig Kimbrel stood frustrated in the bullpen as the Braves infamously lost to the Dodgers in four games. It was their first postseason meeting since 1996 for the former NL West rivals, when the defending champion Braves swept the Dodgers in three games.