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"We saw Dave Roberts flinch last week, lifting Kenley Jansen from a save situation with two outs in the ninth; we also saw what happens when he does that, as Joe Kelly walked the first two men he faced. The Dodgers’ closer right now is Score Enough Runs to Not Need a Closer. We’ll see what Roberts does, but the Braves’ best path through this series is almost certainly through picking off Jansen, Kelly, and whoever else Roberts turns to in big spots. The Braves make this harder for Roberts with all their right-handed power; against a more balanced team he could turn to Jake McGee and Victor Gonzalez."