Dodgers Finalized Decision On Games 1 And 2 Starters

The Los Angeles Dodgers have now not introduced their National League Division Series rotation, however the 4 possible starters are Tyler Anderson, Tony Gonsolin, Clayton Kershaw and Julio Urías.

Urías completed the common season pitching in entrance of Kershaw, however Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts mentioned that didn’t essentially ensure their order within the NLDS. Kershaw and Urías are assured to begin the primary two video games, however the Dodgers have now not publicly published how they’re going to be covered up.

Kershaw and Urías, then again, are acutely aware of when they’re going to get started within the NLDS.

“It’s something that we’ve talked about, but as far as the gamesmanship part, it’s not as big of a deal compared to instances where it’s a left-hander or right-hander,” Roberts mentioned.

“Whoever we play, they know they’re going to get a left-handed pitcher, and they know the two guys for the first two games. Not trying to be too coy, we just want to hold it a little bit longer.”

The Dodgers have maintained how Kershaw and Urías are ordered to begin isn’t predicated on opponent, however reasonably factoring in convalescing in time for a possible Game 5 get started. It’s a stance president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman echoed whilst talking with media on Friday.

“It’s not opponent-driven. We feel like we have to exceptionally deserving pitchers who have been huge parts of our past success and are going to be big parts of what we do this October,” Friedman mentioned.

“You can argue various things. I feel a few of it’s going to be getting with them and speaking. We simply don’t need to determine that out at the moment, so we’re extra excited by issues which might be somewhat bit extra time delicate. Both are nice applicants for Game 1, and the opposite shall be a in reality sturdy two.

“If we’re fortunate enough to get through the DS, there’s implications of what then looks like in the CS. Again, you could argue a lot of different things, and from my standpoint, it’s a good problem to have with two guys so deserving.”

Clayton Kershaw’s Game 1 historical past with Dodgers

The Dodgers traditionally began in Kershaw in Game 1 in their postseason runs, however that modified in 2018 when Hyun-Jin Ryu began the opener of the NLDS.

Then in 2019, Walker Buehler began Game 1 of the NLDS, and the opener of the Wild Card Series in 2020. Kershaw took the ball in Game 2 in every of the 3 aforementioned eventualities.

This marks a 2nd yr in a row the Dodgers have opened October with Buehler at the mound, and a 3rd consecutive season wherein Kershaw was once driven again to Game 2 of the primary spherical. After a dominant common season, Hyun-Jin Ryu began Game 1 of the National League Division Series in 2018.

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