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ATLANTA >> Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was hoping to use an off-day in the schedule on Monday to give his starters an extra day of rest.
Now, the possibility exists that Roberto Hernandez, Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw will all pitch on regular rest in the three-game series against the San Diego Padres beginning Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.
That’s because Hyun-Jin Ryu left last night’s game with a strained right gluteal muscle, putting his next start in jeopardy.
“I don’t feel like his chances are very good of pitching on his turn,” Mattingly said of Ryu. “Let’s say he can’t pitch on his turn, if we’re going to go hypothetically. He may be ready to go next time.”
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One more postgame note that didn’t quite fit anywhere in the story: One Dodgers player suggested to me that the Twins’ catchers (Kurt Suzuki, Josmil Pinto and Eric Fryer) might have lacked the experience needed to get the most out of Correia during his time in Minnesota. Suzuki is a 30-year-old veteran; Pinto and Fryer are 25 and 28, respectively. Their catchers’ ERA figures correlate inversely to their ages: 4.26, 4.72 and 4.50, respectively. Maybe there’s something to that. Correia certainly was impressed with Ellis’ pitch-calling.
MILWAUKEE — We didn’t bother asking Dan Haren if he was starting tomorrow in Atlanta. His name was on the sheet. There was no reason to expect otherwise.
Besides, Haren earned it. In his most recent start in Anaheim, he gave up three singles, didn’t walk a batter, and only allowed one run in the Dodgers’ 2-1 win over the Angels on Wednesday. His reward: His next turn in the rotation will be pushed back – at least for one day, it seems — by new Dodger Kevin Correia.
“We talked to (Correia) last night,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “He seemed excited about being here. As I told him, right now we’ll use him as spot starts, coming out of the bullpen kind of filling Paul (Maholm)’s role, having some length but also giving us some insurance at the starter’s spot.”
When might that spot start come up?
“It might come up tomorrow,” Mattingly said. “That would come up quick. If it would come up tomorrow, hypothetically speaking, during this little stretch of all the games in a row to give our guys a little bit of a breather. Making sure we’re not overtaxing Kersh, Greinke. We know Hyun-Jin’s pitched better with that little extra day.”
Both the Braves and the Dodgers will use identical lineups in Game 3 to those we saw in Games 1 and 2 in Atlanta. Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu will start for the Dodgers and right-hander Julio Teheran will start for the Braves, a matchup of two rookies making their 31st start of the season.
As for Game 4, well, some things seem TBA.
Ricky Nolasco is the Dodgers’ scheduled starter. He made the Dodgers’ playoff roster despite a 12.75 earned-run average in his final three starts of the season. Asked if Nolasco was still his starter Monday if the Dodgers lost today, Mattingly said “right now, Ricky’s the guy.”
That caveat could be an important one. Clayton Kershaw, who threw seven strong innings in Game 1 on Thursday, threw a bullpen session Saturday and appears ready to go in case Mattingly has a change of heart.
Here are both teams’ lineups for Game 3:
That was a legitimate question at the time and Ramirez, the Dodgers’ shortstop, quickly denied the notion.
Hanley Ramirez said Sunday he is upset for being named as a reason for Fredi Gonzalez’s firing.
“Everybody will miss him,” he said. “But at the same time, you’ve got to forget and move forward. A lot of people put it on me. I don’t know why. It had nothing to do with me. Things that should have happened, happened. That’s it.”
Ramirez said his relationship with Gonzalez improved after Ramirez was benched last month for not hustling after a ball he inadvertently kicked down the left field line. Ramirez then criticized the manager and his teammates after learning he was not in the lineup the next day.
“I think, yeah,” he said when asked if there was more of an understanding between the two after the incident.
“There was more respect for each other. It was great. I told him we should have explained ourselves before that.”
Friday, Gonzalez was asked if Ramirez is still the same player he remembers managing in Florida.
Of the Dodgers’ starters, only Juan Uribe doesn’t have a hit in his career against Braves left-hander Mike Minor (0-for-5). Collectively, the other seven are batting .333 against Minor, led by A.J. Ellis (4-for-10, home run), Adrian Gonzalez (3-for-9, home run) and Carl Crawford (1-for-2, double, walk).
Conversely, the Braves are no stranger to success against Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke. Only Evan Gattis (zero career meetings) and Andrelton Simmons (0-for-3) have never gotten a hit off Greinke; Justin Upton (6-for-14, two home runs) and Brian McCann (2-for-6, home run) are batting second and fifth again today. Also lurking on the Atlanta bench: Gerald Laird (6-for-20 career against Greinke) and Jordan Schafer (5-for-11, triple).
The complete lineups for both teams:
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly will load up the middle of the lineup with power bats: Hanley Ramirez is hitting third, Adrian Gonzalez fourth and Yasiel Puig fifth, with Carl Crawford leading off for the first time since Sept. 8.
Puig has batted fifth only once, an Aug. 25 game against the Boston Red Sox. He finished 0-for-3.
There were fewer surprises in the Braves’ lineup, which has had little success against Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw in the past.
Four Braves positional starters have career at-bats against Kershaw: Justin Upton, Chris Johnson, Freddie Freeman and Jason Heyward. They’re a combined 5 for 47 (.106) with 17 strikeouts; Heyward has struck out in all four plate appearances against Kershaw.
Only Mark Ellis hasn’t faced Atlanta starter Kris Medlen among Dodgers position players. A.J. Ellis (1-for-1), Hanley Ramirez (5-for-9), Skip Schumaker (4-for-9) and Yasiel Puig (1-for-3) are a combined 11-for-22 in their careers against Medlen. Adrian Gonzalez (0-for-8), Juan Uribe (0-for-7) and Carl Crawford (0-for-3) are still looking for their first career hit against the right-hander.
The full lineups for both teams: