While major league baseball hasn’t announced the start times to the Dodgers-Braves series, the umpire crew for the series was unveiled.
Dodgers Game 1 starter Clayton Kershaw didn’t face the Braves this season while Braves starter Kris Medlen was 1-0 in two starts against the Dodgers, only allowing an unearned run.
Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA.com was the first to report which umpires will be with the Dodgers and Braves:
Umpires for Dodgers-Braves NLDS: John Hirschbeck, Laz Diaz, Marvin Hudson, Bill Miller, Tim Welke, Hunter Wendelstedt
— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) September 30, 2013
Getting the assignment of calling balls and strikes on Thursday will be Wendelstedt and Kershaw has pitched in just three games with him behind the plate since 2011. Meanwhile, Medlen hasn’t started a game with Wendelstedt behind the plate in his career, but had a scoreless inning in relief back in 2009.
Hudson will be at first base, Hirschbeck at second, Miller will be at third base, while Welke and Diaz will be in the outfield. Miller, Diaz, Hudson and Hirschbeck have worked together all season, so hopefully there won’t be any umpiring issues throughout the series.
This season, the Dodgers were 2-2 with Wendelstedt behind the plate, including a loss to the Braves in Atlanta back in May. The Dodgers have bigger concerns then worrying about who the umpires are, but it’s interesting to see how little they’ve seen of Wendelstedt in the past.
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