Game one of MLB’s new three game Wild Card round is less than two weeks away. For the Dodgers, Dave Roberts is taking some liberties with the calendar and standings to experiment with some odds and ends and scenarios heading into October. One that fans are noticing being testing more of late is that of the opener.
Doc test drove the opener first on Sunday out of necessity. He went to the well again on Wednesday seemingly as an experiment. Moreover, he said after Wednesday’s win that the club was looking to go that route once again on Friday.
#Dodgers Dustin May is available to pitch today and will "take down some innings" at some point, Dave Roberts says
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Wednesday’s experiment came somewhat at the expense of righty flamethrower Dustin May, who was expecting to start. Roberts attributed it to maximizing matchups, something that we could see happen more in October.
In this situation where we have five starters that we like a lot, but there’s certain matchups you can benefit from and maximize, it just gives you a better chance to win. … Each club needs to find ways to get 27 outs and everyone has different views on it.
So with Dustin May being the guy they referred to as the “bulk guy” for this game, he was asked his thoughts on potential roles for the playoffs, primarily how he would feel coming out of the bullpen.
I feel confident — I had a lot of experience last year so I’m totally fine.
May is tied for the team lead in starts this season, but the majority of his outings last year came in relief. While he struggled initially entering from the bullpen, he strung together 8 consecutive scoreless outings to end the season. He kept that role going into the playoffs where he allowed 1 run in 3.1 innings pitched.
Laying all the cards out on the table, it seems like Doc and the Dodgers may be open to going a little off-script this October as the club seeks its first World Series win in more than 30 years.