Atlanta • It’s been a while since either team played a truly meaningful game.
The Los Angeles Dodgers took control of the NL West with an amazing 2 1-2-month stretch and could let off the gas over the final weeks.
The Atlanta Braves won the East going away, their commanding lead not at all threatened by a losing record over the final month.
Now, it’s time to get serious again.
They meet Thursday night in Game 1 of the NL division series.
"I don’t think we necessarily let up," Dodgers infielder Michael Young said after a workout at Turner Field. "In our situation, we had to get some guys healthy. A couple of guys needed a couple of days off, so we gave it to them. Now we’re ready to roll."
Despite having some room for error, the Dodgers are far from healthy going into the playoffs.
Slugger Matt Kemp is out for the postseason with an ankle injury, while outfielder Andre Ethier will likely be limited to pinch-hitting duties because of his own ankle issues. He hasn’t played in the field since Sept. 13.
While Ethier took part in the workout, he ruled out any chance of playing in the field.
"The ankle is getting better every day," he said. "It’s not as fast as we want, but it’s definitely on the timetable that we knew going in. Every day that it doesn’t get more sore and set me back is a good day."Next Page >
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