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Dodgers Not Showing Hand with NLDS Pitching Rotation

Dave Roberts is not letting the opposition in on his pitching plans.

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GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 20: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers poses for a portrait during photo day at Camelback Ranch on February 20, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts does not appear to be in the business of showing his hand to the opposition as far as the postseason pitching staff is concerned. According to Roberts, the organization knows exactly when Clayton Kershaw will start in the postseason, but is not ready to reveal the information.

The Dodgers organization, through the media interviews of manager Dave Roberts, have implied that they are heavily considering a Game 4 bullpen game. Outside of that, the Dodgers have yet to announce what order Hyun-Jin Ryu, Walker Buehler, and Clayton Kershaw will handle the first three games of the NLDS in.

Not Bleeding Cards

Following the final game of the regular season on Sunday, Dave Roberts expressed that the decision has been made already internally.

“I have an idea when he’s starting. We’re just not ready to say it now. We’re close.”

It is a very smart move on the Dodgers part to not show their hand too early to either the Milwaukee Brewers or the Washington Nationals, ahead of their Wild Card face off on Tuesday night.

Milwaukee

The Brewers (89-73) are starting right-handed pitcher Brandon Woodruff in the Wild Card Game, the pitcher who infamously took Clayton Kershaw yard in last year’s NLCS. After Woodruff, who holds a 3.01 FIP on the season, the Brewers pitching staff gets a lot murkier which would be a huge benefit to the Dodgers.

Washington

The Nationals (93-69) carry three of the best pitchers in the league in Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, and Patrick Corbin, which could be deadly in a short series. The Dodgers would match up well potentially considering Scherzer will be starting in the Wild Card Game and he would only be physically capable of starting once in the series. The Nationals’ fourth starter would most likely be Anibal Sanchez who they inked to a long-term deal in the off-season.

Overall

It’s all about matchups in October and the Dodgers are certainly doing their part to try and maintain a competitive advantage in an effort to reach the World Series for the third consecutive season.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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  1. Everyone talking up the nationals but they have a bullpen ERA of over 5. You can’t get through 2 or 3 teams with that kind of pen. If we’re goikng go beat them we need to get their starters pitch counts up and our starters need to match them inning for inning then we can score off the pen

  2. Nats follower here. 2 ,3 & 4 batters in month long slump. Not feeling optimistic.
    On other hand, some players have been squaring ball up. Should that become contagious, pressure might build against Dodgers.
    Also, most poorly performing closers won’t be on roster. Of remaining, Suero and Rodney are wild-cards. Doolittle has not been at his best, however.

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