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Braves vs. Dodgers Preview: Braves must get past Kershaw to earn series win

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The rubber game Thursday is a tough test, as Clayton Kershaw is no easy task for the Atlanta Braves lineup.

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The Braves have had little to no success over the years against Clayton Kershaw. The dominant lefty is 2-0 with a 1.79 ERA in six regular season starts against the boys from Atlanta.

No Brave has faced Kershaw more than Drew Stubbs, who boasts 16 strikeouts and just four hits in 34 plate appearances against him. Erick Aybar is 3-for-24 against Kershaw. Freddie Freeman and Kelly Johnson have actually homered off Kershaw before, and Nick Markakis is 2-for-3 with a double.

Kershaw is off to a solid start this year as well, winning two of his first three starts with an ERA of 1.64.

Atlanta will counter with Matt Wisler, who is 0-1 with a 4.61 ERA in three games (two starts). His last appearance came out of the bullpen on Sunday, as he pitched the tenth inning to notch a save with the Braves' arms shorthanded.

No Dodger has more than three plate appearances against Wisler, but Justin Turner is 3-for-3 against the young pitcher. Adrian Gonzalez and Howie Kendrick each have a hit and two RBIs in three at-bats, with Gonzalez's being a home run.

If the Braves can notch a win, it will mark the second consecutive series win after sweeping the Miami Marlins last weekend. Last night's game didn't work out so well, as Eric O'Flaherty surrendered a two-run bomb to Gonzalez and the Dodgers won the game in the tenth, as Jason Grilli quickly got into trouble.

In the day game after a night game, both lineups could look fun today.

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Thursday, April 21, 12:10 p.m. ET

Location: Turner Field, Atlanta, Ga.

TV: FOX Sports South, MLB Network (out-of-market viewers)

Radio: 680 AM/93.7 FM, Braves Radio Network, WYAY 106.7