Mike Foltynewicz will take the ball for the Atlanta Braves in Game 1 of the National League Division Series against Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday.
Foltynewicz received his assignment as the Braves hit California in anticipation of the series opener at Dodger Stadium.
“We’ve wanted Folty to be The Guy for a couple years, and right now, I think he’s establishing himself as our legit first guy,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said Tuesday. “It wasn’t a hard decision at all.”
In 2018, Foltynewicz became the first pitcher in Braves history to hold opponents under a .200 batting average for the season while striking out 200 batters.
The Braves have not named a Game 2 starter. The Dodgers are leaning toward Hyun-jin Ryu with rookie right-hander Walker Buehler, who won the National League West tiebreaker game against the Dodgers on Monday, starting Game 3.
However, shortstop Dansby Swanson is expected to miss the series, Snitker announced Tuesday. Swanson has ligament damage in his left hand.
Charlie Culberson will play shortstop against his former team in Swanson’s absence.