Austin Barnes is appears much smaller than his teammates, who are standing on the pitchers’ mound during a workout at Dodger Stadium on Monday. The Dodgers held a workout at Dodger Stadium in preparation for their National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals, which begins Friday in Washington, D.C. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts revealed the team’s roster for the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals, which begins Friday. Our first and second guesses were both wrong.
Clayton Kershaw will start Game 1 of the Dodgers’ National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals on Oct. 7. Rich Hill will pitch Game 2 on Oct. 7 followed by Kenta Maeda in Game 3 on Oct. 10.
The Nationals have yet to announce their rotation, only that they’re unlikely to have right-hander Stephen Strasburg available for the first round.
The location of each game is still to be determined. The Nationals began the day with a one-game lead in the battle for homefield advantage. Each team has six games left to play in the regular season.
Kershaw has started Game 1 of every playoff series the Dodgers have participated in since the 2009 National League Championship Series against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the starting assignment for a possible Game 4 is to be determined, with Julio Urias one of many possible candidates.
Update (6:20 p.m.): Roberts said that Kershaw, Hill and Maeda will start Games 1, 2 and 3 of the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals in that order. The starting assignment for Game 4 is to be determined. Maeda wanted two starts before the regular season ends, not one, which is why he’s starting tonight and not tomorrow.
Roberts discussed his season-ending rotation Tuesday afternoon:
Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson will be activated from the 15-day disabled list Thursday and start that night’s game against the Colorado Rockies.
Anderson, sidelined by a finger blister most of September, pitched a rehab game last Friday for Triple-A Oklahoma City. The left-hander allowed three hits and one run in five innings against the El Paso Chihuahuas, walking no one and striking out five. With the exception of a solo home run, he was able to limit the hard contact he allowed.
Anderson has made two major league starts after missing almost five months recovering from back surgery. He is 0-2, having recorded 12 outs and allowed 11 runs (24.75 ERA) in the games against the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds.
Last year, Anderson went 10-9 with a 3.69 ERA in 31 starts for the Dodgers.
The rotation for the remainder of the four-game series remains to be determined. Continue reading →