The Braves (96-66) won the NL East and faced the NL Wild Card(90-72) in the NLDS. Atlanta had the home-field advantage, but the format back then was 2-3 with the first two games on the road. But even with the first two games at Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers were swept by the Braves 3-0, losing a pair of one-run games at home. Here were the results of the three games:
Game 1 - October 2 at Dodger Stadium
John Smoltz, who won 24 games in 1996, started the first game against Ramon Martinez. Smoltz dominated and won the game thanks to Javy Lopez's homer in the 10th to break a 1-1 tie.
Game 2 - October 3 at Dodger Stadium
Game 3 - October 5 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium
In the third and final game of the series, Tom Glavine defeated Hideo Nomo to send the Braves to the NLCS. Atlanta took a 5-0 lead in the fourth, and never looked back. Los Angeles scored one in the seventh and eighth, but it wasn't enough to top the NL's number one seed.
Neither team hit much at all during the series. The Dodgers hit .147/.204/.221, and the Braves weren't much better at .180/.282/.382, but Atlanta hit five home runs compared to none for Los Angeles. Atlanta starting pitchers combined to give up two earned runs in 22⅔ innings.