With the Los Angeles Dodgers securing home-field advantage in their National League Division matchup against the New York Mets by picking up a win Saturday night, it afforded them the opportunity to take the field with nothing to gain or lose.
Given that’s the case, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly again turned managerial duties over to one of his plays. Last season it was Juan Uribe who filled for Mattingly, and this year Jimmy Rollins gets the honor.
Rollins finishes his first regular season with the Dodgers batting .224/.285/.358 in 144 games played, and presumably having been supplanted at shortstop by 21-year-old Corey Seager. Rollins started Saturday’s game and went 0-for-3.
Joining Rollins in the rise from player to being on the Dodgers’ staff for one day is closer Kenley Jansen, who will serve as pitching coach. Jansen worked his way out of trouble Saturday to convert his 36th save of the season.
Clayton Kershaw gets the start in the regular-season finale and unlike Zack Greinke, will not have a typical outing in terms of length. Only six strikeouts shy of reaching 300 on the season, Mattingly said Kershaw will be limited to 50-60 pitches.
The Dodgers will host the Mets in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday, Oct. 9. Scheduled first pitch has yet to be announced.