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Dodgers to Face a Tough Pitching Matchup in Game 1 of the NLCS



The time for the Dodgers to celebrate their Division Series win over the Giants is done. The champagne was popped and the beer was flowing, but it’s now time to look forward. Los Angeles will head to Atlanta to take on the Braves in the National League Championship Series starting this Saturday. 

But the Dodgers have a very tough matchup to start out the series against the Braves. Atlanta announced today that LHP Max Fried would be getting the start in Game 1 to get things started. Los Angeles has yet to officially name a starter, though Max Scherzer is in the running. 

Unfortunately for the Dodgers, Fried has been very good over the last 2-plus months of baseball. His last appearance came in the Division Series against the Brewers and shut them down for 6 innings with 9 strikeouts. 

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The Dodgers also saw Fried in last year’s NLCS run. He appeared twice in that series and pitched a combined 12.2 innings allowed just 4 earned runs. They also saw him in September when he tossed 6 innings and allowed 2 earned runs on 2 solo homeruns. 

In terms of experience against Fried, Trea Turner brings a little bit of an edge. He has gone 7-for-21 in his career against him with a homerun and a pair of runs driven in. Fried has also put up reverse splits in 2021, allowing a .240 batting average to left-handed hitters.

Look for guys like Justin Turner and Trea to keep up their run of success against the Braves’ southpaw to get things started. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. Great, Dodgers’ two coldest hitters have the best numbers vs Fried…not a good recipe if you ask me.

      • Fan4life has blown kisses to his .150 honey, Belli, all year, but for some odd reason, is quick to hang others that did VERY well in 2021.

        • Bubbalousky – without Belli, the Dodgers don’t beat the gnats! and f4l is not hanging other Dodgers who did very well in 2021. He’s actually imploring these players to perform like they did in 2021, and are totally capable of. It’s all coming together – again with this season, so may injuries, its amazing to me the Dodgers are winning without Muncy playin!

        • Bubbalousky, I’ll blow kisses to anyone with a PROVEN POSTSEASON RECORD! And hang anyone with a good regular season without a proven postseason record! I’ll say this until I’m blue in the face, OCTOBER BASEBALL IS JUST DIFFERENT! Just look at Kike “Mr October” Hernandez. Lifetime .240 hitter and simply re-writing the postseason recordbooks!

  2. The Beauty of the Dodgers advancing , is for the rest of the playoff’s they won’t face any pitcher as awesome as Webb has been. Fried is good but nothing like Webb. The Braves played in a very weak division has a lot to do with his post All star #’s…..

  3. The Dodgers had Orlando Bloom on the ropes in Game 1, and couldn’t seal the deal with a victory. Things should be good now with the 3 aces going next three games!

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