The Dodgers might have already clinched their division, but are they even the best team in the National League?


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The Dodgers are a very good team, and their 98-55 record proves that. People look and the Dodgers and look at the starting pitching, the home runs, and playoff experience, and deem them the favorites in the National league. But people have been saying this about the Dodgers for the last couple of years, and fans are getting anxious. After all, this is a city that hasn’t won a World Series since 2002, and that was the Angels. 

The Dodgers have not won a championship in over 30 years, with their last championship coming in 1988. And if the last couple of playoff appearances for the Dodgers have told us anything, it’s that the Dodgers can’t keep up with teams in the American League. The last two world series, the Dodgers have been essentially dominated by the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox. But this year, they might not even make it to the World Series. With a potential National League Champion Series matchup against the Atlanta Braves.

The Atlanta Braves are the real deal, with a current record of 94-60, they have already clinched their division too. They are a young team, and they are only getting better. Out of the 36 players on their active roster, seventeen of them are 29 years old or younger. They may be lacking the playoff experience some teams have, but the young Braves are poised. The Braves can pitch again, just like the Hall of Fame trio from the 1990’s with Tom Glavin, John Smoltz, and Greg Maddox. These Braves have Mike Soroka, Max Fried, and Sean Newcomb all under the age of 28, and the veteran presence of Dallas Keuchel and Julio Teheran.

Don’t think they can just pitch either, they can hit. With stars like center-fielder Ronald Acuna who is on his way to a 40/40 season, and Mr. Consistent, Freddie Freeman who is causally having another MVP-caliber season. The Braves lineup is loaded with talent. They hit for speed, power, and contact. The Atlanta Braves are here to stay, and the rest of the National League should be worried, especially the Los Angeles Dodgers.