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Ricky Nolasco scheduled to start Game 4 of NLCS…for now

Oct 14, 2013, 11:53 PM EDT

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Dodgers manager Don Mattingly indicated earlier today that he could skip Ricky Nolasco and go with Zack Greinke on short rest if his team was facing elimination tomorrow, but it sounds like the idea isn’t dead even after Monday’s Game 3 victory over the Cardinals.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Nolasco is currently scheduled to start Game 4 and oppose Lance Lynn. However, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times notes that Mattingly continues to say that’s the plan “right now,” which could be a sign that things are subject to change. You see, Mattingly used the same “right now” description before he skipped Nolasco in favor of using Clayton Kershaw on short rest in Game 4 of the NLDS against the Braves last week. Don’t be surprised if we see another last-minute change.

Nolasco posted a 3.70 ERA and 165/46 K/BB ratio over 199 1/3 innings during the regular season, but struggled to the tune of a 6.66 ERA over his final six outings. He hasn’t pitched since a relief appearance on September 29.

  1. Staff - Oct 15, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Reblogged this on SoshiTech.

  2. missingdiz - Oct 15, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    Yeah, well it’s Hollywood. Keep ’em on the edge of their seats. Like the rumor there was something wrong with Ryu. Like trying to make Ramirez’s sore rib (I do believe it’s sore & my hat’s off to him, just not to the LA PR machine) into a bloody-sock moment. I hope our guys will prepare for Nolasco. They just saw Greinke and I don’t think they will have forgotten him this soon.

  3. historiophiliac - Oct 15, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Can’t we officially make him Ricky Nabisco?

    • Anoesis - Oct 15, 2013 at 12:52 AM

      If he does start and do well we’re going to re-name him Rocky Nolasco.

    • bfunk1978 - Oct 15, 2013 at 8:58 AM

      That is what I want to call him so very badly. +1

      • historiophiliac - Oct 15, 2013 at 9:28 AM

        Look at that face. It says “Teddy Grahams” and “Nutter Butter,” right?

  4. Black Dog - Oct 15, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Hanley’s rib isn’t “sore” — it’s stress-fractured.

  5. coryfor3 - Oct 15, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Good idea. Dumb old game. 5. Probably doesn’t mean much.

  6. coryfor3 - Oct 15, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Or game 4. You know.

  7. michaelrogerss - Oct 15, 2013 at 2:42 AM


  8. dan1111 - Oct 15, 2013 at 3:08 AM

    If they do this, how does the rotation line up for the rest of the series?

    They could start Nolasco in Game 5, then pitch Kershaw and Greinke again in 6 and 7.

    Barring that, they would have to start everyone on short rest for the rest of the series, including Ryu in Game 6.

    If they are still concerned about Ryu’s health even after his good start, then the first option might make sense. But the second option makes very little sense, in my opinion. Pitching the rest of the series
    on short rest just to remove one start of Nolasco is too high of a price to pay.

  9. Carl Hancock - Oct 15, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    I for one as a Cards fan hope they choose to start Greinke and completely hose their rotation for the remainder of the series by having everyone start on short rest. They’re likely going to face them again anyway so I’d rather it be on short rest.

    • bfunk1978 - Oct 15, 2013 at 8:59 AM

      Yeah, they should just handicap themselves as much as possible from here on out I’d also appreciate it! 😀 😀

  10. spc7ray - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Start Nolasco and give him a very short rope–this is a 7 game sieries

  11. spc7ray - Oct 15, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Start Nolasco and give him a very short rope–this is a 7 game series–win this one and we will win it all!

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