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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after Thursday's game that Clayton Kershaw would start Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday.

The Dodgers could give Kershaw extra rest by using him in Games 2 and 6, but they'd have more flexibility in how they'd use him over the rest of the series by giving him the ball in Game 1. It's doubtful that they'll try pitching in Game 4 on three days' rest, but using him in Game 5 would allow him to potentially pitch in relief in Game 7. Roberts didn't talk about the rest of the rotation, but it seems likely that Yu Darvish will pitch in Game 2, followed by Rich Hill and Alex Wood.
Oct 20 - 12:55 AM

The Dodgers expect Corey Seager to be ready to go in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday.

Seager didn't play in the NLCS because of a back strain. His return could push Charlie Culberson off the roster, even though Culberson played well in the NLCS. An alternative would be to drop Joc Pederson, since Chris Taylor is likely to go back to playing center field anyway.
Oct 20 - 12:52 AM

Kiké Hernandez hit three homers and drove in seven runs Thursday as the Dodgers crushed the Cubs 11-1 to win Game 5 of the NLCS and advance to the World Series.

Hernandez had a solo homer in the second, a grand slam to break the game open in the third and then a two-run shot to punctuate his night in the ninth. He became the first player to hit three homers in a postseason game since... well, since Jose Altuve two weeks ago against the Red Sox. However, he's just the fifth player ever to knock in seven runs and the first National Leaguer ever. The last American Leaguer was Boston's Troy O'Leary in the 1999 ALDS. He's the first player with three homers and seven RBI in a postseason game.
Oct 19 - 11:46 PM

Clayton Kershaw pitched six innings of one-run ball as the Dodgers closed out the NLCS on Thursday.

It might have been interesting to see if Kershaw would have stayed in a 2-1 game tonight, given that the seventh has been his danger inning. However, with the Dodgers up 9-1, there was no reason to keep him in past the sixth, even if he was at just 89 pitches. Kershaw now has a 3.63 ERA in his three starts this October. The Dodgers will have the option of bringing him back for Game 1 of the World Series on normal rest, though it might make more sense to go with Yu Darvish then and set up Kershaw for Games 2 and 6.
Oct 19 - 11:41 PM

Yasiel Puig had two hits and three runs scored Thursday in Game 5 against the Cubs.

Puig hit .389 and led the Dodgers by scoring six runs in the five-game series. Only four players started all five games for the Dodgers, but those four ended up with OPSs of 1.247 (Chris Taylor), 1.145 (Justin Turner), .893 (Cody Bellinger) and 1.111 (Puig).
Oct 19 - 11:34 PM

Cody Bellinger crushed a solo homer in the third inning of a 3-2 loss to the Cubs in Game 4 of the NLCS on Wednesday.

Bellinger destroyed a fastball from Chicago starter Jake Arrieta to pull the Dodgers to within 2-1. Outside of that blast, Bellinger was held in check, and he hit into the game-ending double play off of Wade Davis. For the series, he's now hitting .235/.278/.471.
Oct 19 - 12:37 AM

Justin Turner went 2-for-2 with a solo homer and two walks in a 3-2 loss to the Cubs in Game 4 of the NLCS on Wednesday.

The Cubs were very careful with Turner, but Wade Davis grooved a fastball to Turner in the eighth that was crushed to pull the Dodgers to within 3-2. For the series, he's now hitting .385/.556/.846. He'll look to stay hot and finish the Cubs off in Game 5 on Thursday.
Oct 19 - 12:34 AM

Alex Wood gave up three solo homers in 4 2/3 innings in a 3-2 loss to the Cubs in Game 4 of the NLCS on Wednesday.

Wood allowed just one other hit and he struck out seven, but the solo homers did the Dodgers in on a night where they couldn't figure out Jake Arrieta. It wasn't an atrocious outing, but it wouldn't be a surprise if this was his last start of the postseason if/when Los Angeles is able to close the Cubs out this series.
Oct 19 - 12:31 AM

Andre Ethier is back in the Dodgers' lineup for Game 5 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Wednesday.

Per Eric Stephen on Twitter, it's the first time that Ethier has started back-to-back games in the 2017 calendar. The full lineup goes Chris Taylor SS Cody Bellinger 1B Justin Turner 3B Yasiel Puig RF Andre Ethier LF Curtis Granderson CF Yasmani Grandal C Chase Utley 2B and Alex Wood on the mound.
Oct 18 - 6:11 PM

Kenley Jansen retired all three batters he faced in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday as the Dodgers beat the Cubs in Game 3 of the NLCS.

Jansen was brought into a 6-1 game after Ross Stripling gave up back-to-back hits to open the bottom of the ninth and the hard-throwing closer needed just 12 total pitches to put out the fire and seal the big Game 3 victory for Los Angeles. Jansen has not allowed a run in the 2017 postseason and he holds a 12/1 K/BB ratio in seven innings.
Oct 18 - 12:49 AM

Andre Ethier went 2-for-4 with a home run Tuesday in the Dodgers' NLCS Game 3 win over the Cubs.

Ethier got Los Angeles on the board with a game-tying solo shot to right field in the top of the second inning before hitting a single to center in the top of the fifth. The veteran outfielder was making his first start of the 2017 postseason and it was a surprise to see him batting fifth in this one, but he certainly rewarded manager Dave Roberts' trust.
Oct 18 - 12:43 AM

Yu Darvish worked 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball Tuesday as the Dodgers beat the Cubs in Game 3 of the NLCS.

Darvish gave up an opposite-field solo homer to Kyle Schwarber in the bottom of the first inning but settled in nicely from there, needing just 81 total pitches to secure 19 outs. He struck out seven and issued only one walk. Darvish also tallied his first career postseason RBI on a bases-loaded walk in the top of the sixth. That manager Dave Roberts let the longtime American Leaguer hit for himself in that spot is indicative of how sharp he looked. Darvish boasts a 1.59 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, and 14/1 K/BB ratio in 11 1/3 innings (two starts) this postseason and Los Angeles leads 3-0 in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series.
Oct 18 - 12:43 AM

Chris Taylor hit a solo homer and an RBI triple Tuesday in the Dodgers' 6-1 NLCS Game 3 defeat of the Cubs.

Chicago struck first on a Kyle Schwarber solo shot in the bottom of the first, but Andre Ethier answered with a solo blast of his own in the top of the second and then Taylor went to work, giving Los Angeles the lead and a cushion with his dinger in the third and triple in the fifth. The versatile 27-year-old boasts a 1.019 OPS with two home runs, four RBI, and six runs scored through six postseason games. And the Dodgers are now one win away from sweeping the Cubs in the National League Championship Series and advancing to their first World Series since 1988.
Oct 18 - 12:41 AM

Corey Seager (back) worked out in the weight room on Tuesday.

And he might begin playing catch on Wednesday. Seager was left off the Dodgers' roster for the National League Championship Series, but the young shortstop is aiming to return for the World Series if Los Angeles can finish off the Cubs and advance. He injured his back in Game 3 of the NLDS against the Diamondbacks.
Oct 17 - 7:54 PM

Andre Ethier is starting in left field and batting fifth in Game 3 of the NLCS on Tuesday night against the Cubs.

It's the first start of the 2017 postseason for Ethier. Here is the full lineup for the Dodgers, who will try to go up 3-0 in the best-of-seven series against the Cubs and right-handed starter Kyle Hendricks: Chris Taylor SS, Cody Bellinger 1B, Justin Turner 3B, Yasiel Puig RF, Andre Ethier LF, Chase Utley 2B, Austin Barnes C, Joc Pederson CF, Yu Darvish SP.
Oct 17 - 5:10 PM


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