Much has been made about the field conditions at Turner Field this season with Braves players themselves pondering a grievance with the players' union, according to a report by ESPN. Braves players expressed their displeasure anonymously, but the Dodgers didn't hold back publicly.
"The guys talk about it around the league that it is not the best infield as far as playing," L.A. manager Dave Roberts said.
"There are some tricky hops out there," Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley added.
The theory is that the Braves have been neglecting their field with a new stadium set to open in 2017. The Nationals are one of four teams to play in Atlanta so far this season and several said they saw no difference in the field from past years to this one.
"I have heard some guys complain about it, but I didn't see any difference in Atlanta versus the others, but I'm not on the infield," Nationals manager Dusty Baker said.
Now, the Nationals did play only two games there and the first was on Opening Day. If the Braves were to choose one game all season to make sure the field looked and played well, that would be the one.
But there's another element to all of this that may be noteworthy. One Nats player pointed out how the field has never considered among the best-kept in baseball. Another seemed to agree with that notion and added that the conditions made what Andrelton Simmons used to do at shortstop even more impressive.
There are differences in every infield in baseball and those inconsistencies can present unique challenges to visiting teams. The Phillies, for example, changed their infield to Kentucky bluegrass this winter in order to help their defense and pitching.
Baker has been around long enough to know the tricks of the trade and he shared his thoughts on infields in general this weekend.
"I think tall grass, short grass, wet infield, shorter infield: that's at the discretion of the home team. Since the beginning of time, they would wet infields down in front of the plate when it's a guy that's a sinkerball pitcher. Or, they would wet the bases if they are a speed team. It's at your discretion. If I've got a speed team, I want a fast infield. And if I've got a slow team, then I want a slower infield. It's like that so the other team doesn't have the advantage," he said.