Rotation announced

As we already knew, Derek Lowe and Chad Billingsley will pitch the first two games. As we suspected, Hiroki Kuroda will pitch Game 3. Joe was non-committal on Game 4, but it sounds like Lowe will come back on three days’ rest. There would be an off-day before Game 5, so that likely would be Billingsley on regular rest. If Lowe isn’t the Game 4 starter, it likely would be Maddux, as Joe confirmed that Kershaw will come out of the bullpen for long relief. … By the way, Kuo isn’t out of the mix yet. He’s going to try to pitch an inning tonight, after which a more definitive evaluation will be made. Going to have trouble getting enough innings for everyone tonight. Maddux will start and I’m sure be given the requisite five innings to qualify for the win if he’s ahead. Billingsley expected to two innings.

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  • KevinS

    When is the playoff roster to be submitted to MLB?

  • Tony Jackson

    I’m getting a lot of different answers to that question. I think it’s the morning of the first game, but I’ll try to find out for sure from Ned or Kim tomorrow morning.