The Atlanta Braves will head to the west coast for the first time this season when they begin a seven-game road trip with a three-game series against the reigning World Champion Dodgers. Atlanta took two of three against LA back in early June and will enter Monday’s series opener with a 4.5 game lead over the Philadelphia Phillies in the NL East. The Braves have won seven of ten overall and are currently riding a franchise best 13-game winning streak.
The Dodgers come into the series with an 82-49 record and are 2.5 games back of the San Francisco Giants for the NL West lead. They most recently dropped two of three to the Colorado Rockies, whom the Braves will see later this week.
Drew Smyly will get the start for the Braves in the opener. A couple of off days last week combined with the return of Ian Anderson allowed for some extra rest for the rotation. Smyly last pitched on August 21 where he allowed five hits, three runs and struck out eight in five innings against the Orioles. After a solid June and July, Smyly has struggled in August allowing 19 hits and 11 runs in 19 innings. He has allowed five home runs over his last four starts. Smyly had allowed just five over his previous 10 starts that encompassed 49 2/3 innings.
The Dodgers will counter with left-hander Julio Urias in the opener who has been lights out over four starts in August. Urias allowed just one hit over five scoreless innings in his last start against the Padres. He has allowed a total of two earned runs in 20 innings this month.
Atlanta has gone 18-6 in August and are third in homers (39) and tied for third in runs scored (129) in the National League. Third baseman Austin Riley has played a huge part in that hitting .364/.396/.596 with six homers and a 163 wRC+ over his last 24 games. Riley leads the team now with 28 home runs and along with Freddie Freeman (27), Dansby Swanson (25) and Ozzie Albies (23), are trying to become the first team since the 2008 Marlins to have all four infielders with at least 25 homers.
Monday’s game is scheduled to get underway at 10:10 p.m. ET and can be seen on Bally Sports South.
Game Date/Time: Monday, August 30, 10:10 p.m. ET
Location: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
TV: Bally Sports South
Radio: 680 AM / 93.7 FM The Fan, WNNX 100.5, Braves Radio Network