After winning a NLDS for the ages against the Giants, the Dodgers now turn to the Braves in the NLCS. Who doesn’t love a sequel?
The two clubs faced off in the 2020 NLCS with the Dodgers roaring back from a 3-1 series deficit. Los Angeles went on to win the series and the Championship. Any NLCS team is motivated, but as Justin Turner stated, underestimating Atlanta would be unwise.
“They [the Braves] probably have a bit of a bad taste in their mouth coming into this and they’re going to play with some purpose. We got to be ready for that.”
Some of that bad taste is from Turner’s game-changing double play in Game 7. His head’s up defense put a halt to the Braves rally. That was then, this is now. Now, the Dodgers will have to match the Braves’ level of intensity in Game 1 or suffer the consequences. They’ll be playing a well rested and heavily motivated Braves team.
The notion of revenge for the Braves also wasn’t lost on Dodgers manager Dave Roberts either.
“They might not say it, but the truth of the matter is they get another opportunity to get to the World Series and they have to go through us. Whether you want to call it opportunity or redemption, it’s on their minds.”
Roberts also noted that even without Acuña or Ozuna, there’s still plenty of key pieces from the 2020 Braves team.
To add even more flavor, former Dodger Joc Pederson provides a valuable bat for Atlanta off of the bench.
Much like a sequel in boxing, the second rendition of Dodgers-Braves has plenty of intrigue, excitement, and storylines.
Los Angeles hopes for more of the same. Atlanta however, seeks a much different ending in another NLCS matchup against the Dodgers.