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Dodgers Announce NLDS Game 1 and 2 Starting Pitchers

As expected, the Dodgers will roll with their main guys to start the series.



The Dodgers and Padres are getting ready to go head-to-head in the National League Division Series this Tuesday. While the Padres wait on the health of starting pitchers Dinelson Lamet and Mike Clevinger, Los Angeles has already announced their starters for the first 2 games. 

In a press conference on Sunday afternoon, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced that the rotation would be identical to the Wild Card Series, at least to start. Walker Buehler is still expected to pitch in game 1, and Clayton Kershaw will get the ball in game 2. 

Both Dodgers pitchers will be going on 5 days of rest after the way the two series were spaced out. Buehler tossed 4 innings in his start against the Brewers and allowed 2 earned runs. He struck out 8 batters and issued 2 walks en route to the no-decision. Clayton Kershaw pitched a gem on Thursday, tossing 8 shutout innings and striking out 13 to lock down the series win. 

Beyond the announcement for games 1 and 2, the Dodgers are not ready to announce the starter for game 3, nor any roster changes. Roberts did admit that the team would likely carry another pitcher — signs point to Dylan Floro — and drop a position player. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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    • Don’t know about Walker; but Clayton does better with one extra day of rest. Would think that will give Walker a bit of a boost with his blister issue as well. Looking forward to the next three games. Dustin May threw that nasty pitch against Machado the last time we faced faced SD as well.

      • Five days off is good for both Buehler and Kershaw. My point was that the article was incorrect. Each will have five days off, not six as reported. Author should know better.

  1. You GO and get um guys!! And show those lousey padres what you have so we can SEND THEM BACK TO SAN DIEGO!!!!! They are no match up for US and THEY no it…Lets get past these guys and advance to the next opponent.. We believe in you and We back you all 100%
    LETS GO DODGERS!!

  2. Tomorrow we must bring our “A” game to break the Padres momentum. Yes, we won against the Brewers but that was not a monumental feat to accomplish. No disrespect intended, but the Brewers were never above 500 during the regular season; we were clearly the better team. We also beat the Padres serving them up a taste of humble pie. But they have made it into the playoffs for the first time in forever and these guys are feeling themselves. (It does not matter that the Cards were burned out.)

    The Padres are good and there’s no denying this; they really believe that they will advance. This is why it is imperative that when we play the Padres, our offense come alive and early to put the Padres in check EARLY. I believe that our Dodgers can do this because we are the better team BUT we need to show this to the Padres early on! Go Dodgers!!!

  3. If the Padres were at full strength w their pitching they would be a formidable opponent. But wo Lament and Clevinger they should be outmatched. In a 5 game series w no off days they will be be relying on their bullpen too much.

  4. The Padres are a formidable opponent, but I believe that we are the better team (whether or not Clevinger and Lament are available.) I agree, Daniel, that the Padres “should” be outmatched over the course of a 5 game series with no off days and relying on their bull pen. However, we still need to bring our “A” game tomorrow to set the tone and break the Padres uncanny ability to really play off of each other. Go Dodgers!!!!

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