Dodgers News: Rotation Set For Weekend Series Vs Nationals

UPDATE (3:35 PM, July 16): The Dodgers have once again adjusted their rotation for their weekend series and the second half.

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Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

In the first half of the 2015 season, Los Angeles Dodgers aces Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke pitched back-to-back every start.

Now that the All-Star break has come and gone, the team has announced what the rotation will look like coming out of the break for the second half, and it will look a little bit different. Clayton Kershaw will start the first game out of the break Friday in Washington, followed by Mike Bolsinger on Saturday and finally National League All-star starter Zack Greinke on Sunday.

Kershaw, who threw 22 pitches in one inning in the Midsummer Classic, will be on eight days rest heading into his start Friday, if you count his All-Star appearance as a bullpen session.

Bolsinger will also be on eight days rest, as he last threw Friday, July 10 against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Greinke will get a couple of extra days rest, as he threw two innings in the All-Star Game, amounting to 39 pitches.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly recently said that he would like to split up his aces, Greinke and Kershaw, to spread out the bullpen a little bit more in the second half. Both Kershaw and Greinke have been workhorses so far this season. They are both averaging over six innings per start and rank in the top three in the National League in innings pitched, behind only Washington’s Max Scherzer.

In the series finale Sunday in Washington, it appears that Greinke will square off against Scherzer in a battle of what many believe are the league’s best two pitchers.

While the Dodgers have not announced it yet, it is likely that Brett Anderson will follow Greinke in the rotation, and then either Brandon Beachy or Carlos Frias will get the fifth start coming out of the break.


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