The Atlanta Braves, riding only their second National League East Division championship since 2005, per Baseball Reference, head to southern California to face the team that has won the NL West for the last six straight seasons, the Los Angeles Dodgers, as the second NL Division series gets underway with a Game One that will live stream from Chavez Ravine.
In fact, the last time the Braves were in the playoffs, in 2013, they faced the Dodgers in the NLDS that season as well — only to be eliminated by Los Angeles in five games, according to BR data. But the Dodgers are considered heavy favorites in the 2018 edition of the best-of-five series.
History suggests, however, that at least for the Dodgers Game One may be the most important contest of the series. Starting with that 2013 series against the Braves, Dodgers Nation recalls, the Dodgers have won the opener of a postseason series five times — and they have won four of those. Only in the 2017 World Series against the Houston Astros have the Dodgers failed to win a playoff series since 2013 in which they won the opener.
But the Dodgers have not won any playoff series in that span when they drop the series opener.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers NL Division Series Game One, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. First pitch is set for 5:37 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time at the historic, 56,000-seat Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, on Thursday, October 4. That start time will be 8:37 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 6:37 p.m. Central.
Given their recent Game One history, Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts is placing a heavy responsibility on 31-year-old South Korean lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu, who pitched only 82 1/3 innings in the 2018 season, according to the MLB website stats. But in those relatively few innings, Ryu was dominant, recording 89 strikeouts and a slim, 1.97 ERA.
But Ryu was even better pitching in Dodger Stadium, making nine starts there covering 54 2/3 innings with 60 whiffs and a 1.15 ERA, per BR data.
The Braves counter with 26-year-old, fifth-year righty Mike Foltynewicz, a 2010 first-round draft pick, 19th overall, by the Houston Astros. But Foltynewicz finally reached his potential in 2018, making the All Star team for the first time and finishing with a 2.85 ERA, per the MLB site. But Foltynewicz faced the Dodgers only once this season and lost, allowing four runs in a five-inning stint.
To watch the Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers NL Division Series Game One live stream, use the stream provided by MLB Network. Or download the MLB At Bat app to watch the contest on mobile devices with a paid subscription to MLB.tv, which is going for $29.99 to cover the entire MLB postseason.
Fans who do not have login credentials to view MLB Network online can still watch the Braves-Dodgers Game One showdown stream live for free without a cable subscription. Fans may sign up for a free trial of an "over the top" streaming TV package such as Sling TV or YouTube TV. Both services require credit card information and subscription fees, but each offers a seven-day free trial, and if the subscription is canceled prior to the expiration of that weeklong period, fans can watch the Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers NLDS opener matchup live stream for free.
An audio-only live stream of the Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers NL Division Series Game One will be available on the TuneIn Radio site.