Dodgers Need to be Brave to Play Atlanta

September 2, 2011

The Dodgers are on a roll.  They have won nine of their last ten games and three consecutive series.  By winning the make up game yesterday in Pittsburgh, they also took that series by winning three of the four games dating back to May 9 when the series began.  The teams they beat lately have been the weaker teams.  All that will change when they roll into Atlanta, Georgia today.

The Braves, who have gone 8-3 in their last 11 games, are 8 1/2 games ahead in the NL Wild Card standings.  Only Philadelphia has a better win-loss percentage than Atlanta in the National League.  The Braves have five of the top 22 hitters in the National League since the All-Star break.  They also lead the NL in homers with 56 since the break.

The Dodgers will need to play their best to win in Atlanta.

Today, Chad Billingsley (10-10, 4.08) goes against RHP Brandon Beachy (7-2, 3.31) starting at 4:35 this afternoon.

This Day in Dodgers History

September 2, 1993 – Drawing a crowd 47,699 for their 62nd home game, the Rockies surpass the 1982 Dodgers by drawing of 3,617,863 fans to Mile High Stadium in Denver setting a new National League single-season attendance record. The expansion club will also break the 1992 Blue Jays major league mark of 4,028,318 before the season is over.