The Dodgers will be going up against a familiar face in game three of the National League Division Series on Monday. The San Francisco Giants are deploying former Dodgers lefty Alex Wood in a game that could have huge implications for the outcome of the series.
#Dodgers Dave Roberts to question about facing Alex Wood in Game 3: “Wood’s starting Game 3? That’s good to know.”
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) October 10, 2021
Manager Dave Roberts is very familiar with Wood and raved about the now San Francisco starter as well as what he formerly meant to the Dodgers in the past seasons.
Roberts mentioned game six of last year’s World Series matchup in which Wood had a strong outing for the club. A difference maker of an outing.
“I don’t think we get through game six without Alex Wood and his valuable innings,” Roberts said. “Obviously, I showed a lot of confidence in him at that point in time of the game to get him out there and take down some huge outs.”
Roberts doubled down on his praise of Wood, crediting his competitiveness and confidence.
“I have a very good respect and admiration for him (Wood), consider him a friend and he’s a great competitor,” Roberts said. “I think he feels he’s always the best option, which as major league ballplayers, is a good thing.”
The Dodgers skipper said he expects Wood’s full repertoire to be on display on Monday.
“It’s a fastball, it’s a slider, slurvy type pitch and it’s a changeup,” Roberts said. “He pitched to all quadrants. He likes to get strike one and he’ll be prepared for us because he knows our guys pretty well too.”
Roberts was asked about whether or not Wood and the Dodgers’ familiarity with each other will have an impact on game three.
“I think it’s on the day,” Roberts said when asked if either Wood or the club will have any kind of advantage in game three. “And think that’s what’s gonna be fun to see how this goes. You know, is he gonna go fastball to get ahead or is he gonna throw the curveball to steal a strike.”
Roberts said the game should be fun and will ultimately come down to execution.”
“We know it, he knows it and that’s kind of the fun part,” Roberts said. “And ultimately, it just really comes down to execution.”
The playoff series shifts to Los Angeles starting tonight with first pitch set for 6:37 PM PT at Dodger Stadium.