Recently Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts stated that Alex Wood will be given the ball for Game 4 of the NLCS, which means no Clayton Kershaw on short rest. Wood was lined up to start Game 4 of the NLDS, but he wasn’t needed due to the sweep.
Beyond that, however, the Dodgers are still taking their time. Now all that is needed is to figure where Rich Hill and Yu Darvish fit into the rotation.
#Dodgers Dave Roberts said Kershaw will start Game 1 and Alex Wood Game 4. Games 2 and 3 order between Hill and Darvish still being debated.
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) October 12, 2017
Rich Hill started Game 2 of the NLDS because of his horrendous stats at Chase Field in 2017. However, both Rich Hill and Yu Darvish have not faced the Cubs this year. Overall, Rich Hill has performed better at home with a 2.77 ERA compared to his 4.06 ERA in away games. Yu Darvish, on the other hand, hasn’t done too well at Dodger Stadium. This year he has a 4.84 ERA in four starts at Chavez Ravine. We will just have to wait and see what the Dodgers decide to do on this one, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see the exact same order that we saw in the NLDS.
Back to Alex Wood, he started two games against the Cubs in 2017 for a grand total of just 8.2 innings, with 3.2 innings at Wrigley Field.This start came at the beginning of the year when his starting role wasn’t exactly set in stone. At Wrigley, he held Cubs batters to a .214 batting average and gave up two runs on three hits. He also had five walks and four strikeouts.
What do you think the order of the starting rotation should look like? Let us know in the comments below!
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