The Dodgers have arguably the best pitching rotation in all of baseball and it’s obviously no surprise that Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke will be pitching in Atlanta for Game 1 and 2. However, Games 3 and 4 were up in the air and while it was assumed Ryu would get the ball for Game 3, it was unclear whether or not Ricky Nolasco would get the call in Game 4.
Today, manager Don Mattingly announced that Ryu and Nolasco are scheduled to start Games 3 and 4 of the NLDS. Game 4 will only be played if necessary, but at least Nolasco will be pitching in front of his home crowd and not in hostile territory.
Kershaw said this morning he doesn’t mind pitching on three days rest, but Mattingly said he and the coaching staff haven’t discussed that possible, at least not yet. Nolasco does have one win against the Braves this season in Atlanta, but it was before the Dodgers acquired the 30-year-old right hander from the Miami Marlins.
Although Edinson Volquez had some promising starts at the end of the season, Nolasco is still a much better option. Hopefully Ryu and Nolasco, if necessary, can take care of business at Dodger Stadium and help the Dodgers advance to the NLCS.
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