The regular season is finally over. The Dodgers finished the season on Sunday with a record of 104 wins and 58 losses, the most wins for any Dodgers team since moving to Los Angeles.
The season has been filled with highest of highest and the lowest of lows, but that is in the past now. The Dodgers have 11 wins to focus on and will be looking to end their current 29-year World Series drought this year.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 1, 2017
Dave Roberts caught up with Alanna Rizzo after Sunday’s game and talked about the season and the plan moving forward. Here are some of the highlights:
When asked about his overall feelings on the historical season:
I think that if you look back at our season we did what we wanted to do and now we can really focus on the postseason.
On the postseason roster and whether or not all questions have been answered:
I think some questions were answered so there’s going to be some fun debates over the next couple of days… Depending on what happens on Wednesday in that Wild Card game we can get more finality… No way about it we’ve got some tough decisions.
On Monday being an off day:
Some guys are going to come in, get a lift. Outside of those four to five guys that are going to be apart of Rich Hill’s simulated game, I would encourage guys to stay away from the ball park and get that mental break… Each guy is going to make their own decision.
The postseason is going to be tough. Los Angeles will face either the Rockies or Diamondbacks in the NLDS and either the Cubs or Nationals in the NLCS. All of these teams are top contenders and will not go down easy. The American League is also filled with plenty of talented clubs, with the Indians, Astros, Red Sox, Yankees, and Twins all looking to make it to the World Series.
Like Roberts said, the Dodgers did what they wanted to do this season and their full focus is now on October. The National League Wild Card game will take place on Wednesday and game one of the NLDS is on Friday. As of now, Clayton Kershaw will start game one and Rich Hill and Yu Darvish are lined up to follow him. Dave Roberts also made it clear that Clayton Kershaw will not be going on short rest in the NLDS, leaving Alex Wood as the likely starter for game four (should there be one). However, a game four starter has not been officially announced as of yet so this could change.
Sit back and enjoy, because it’s going to be a wild ride.
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