Reigning National League pitcher of the month Kris Medlen will face the Dodgers in Game 1 of their Divisional Series. The right-hander was 4-0 in September and began to resemble the 2012 version that was the hottest pitcher in the league at the end of the year. Medlen is also the post-season veteran of the opening trio, Medlen started the Wild Card game against the Cardinals last season and he got the loss in a defensively challenged game for Atlanta.
Left-hander Mike Minor is being mentioned as the Game 2 starter, Minor had career highs in games started, innings pitched, and strikeouts. Minor had the opposite of Medlen's September going 0-4 with an 3.94 ERA. He pitched better on the road than at home though starting at home is certainly welcome to someone making his first post-season start.
Julio Teheran is also making his post-season debut as the probable Game 3 starter against another pitcher making his post-season debut, Dodger left-hander Hyun-jin Ryu. Teheran in his first full MLB season had a successful season, 185 innings pitched, solid 3.20 ERA, a great 3.78 SO/BB ratio and a 14-8 record.
Two pitchers could pitch Game 4 if necessary for the Braves:
Left-handed Paul Maholm started 26 games for the Braves and averaged a little less than 6 innings a start, Maholm will also be making his post-season debut (Years with the Pirates is one key reason of not pitching in post-season.) His strikeouts went down and teams batted more hits vs innings pitched against Maholm.
Freddy Garcia was a late-season addition for the Braves and he could also start next Monday if necessary. Garcia had started 10 post-season games in his career prior to coming to the Braves just prior to playoff participation cut-off on August 31. Garcia has only started three games for the Braves and if you don't start him; he wouldn't appear to be a candidate for the bullpen.
The Braves may not have a couple of Cy Young winners on their staff but their top 3 are certainly capable of pitching good games against the Dodgers.