The Dodgers announced their Games 3 and 4 starters of this NLCS as Hyun-Jin Ryu will start Game 3 and Ricky Nolasco will get the nod in Game 4.
Ryu’s postseason debut was disappointing as he went three innings and allowed four earned runs in Game 3 of the NLDS. Ryu had been a solid number three for the Dodgers all season long and is a candidate for the NL Rookie of the Year. He struggled with injuries late in the season, but he seems to be healthy now and the Dodgers expect him to perform when he goes up against the Cardinals’ ace, Adam Wainwright.
Ricky Nolasco is slated to get the ball in Game 4 and this time he will be able to pitch for the first time in the postseason in front of his hometown crowd. Nolasco was originally supposed to start Game 4 of the NLDS, but was replaced by Clayton Kershaw, who was on three days rest. Nolasco struggled late in the season, but he was phenomenal in the month of August going 5-0 with a 1.64 ERA, but couldn’t maintain those numbers through September.
He hasn’t started since September 25, but the Dodgers will count on him in Game 4. Depending on the outcome in the first three games, it is possible that Zack Greinke can pitch Game 4 on three days rest.
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