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The Dodgers could use Zack Greinke on short rest in Game 4

Oct 14, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT

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After using Clayton Kershaw on short rest during the NLDS against the Braves, the Dodgers could ask Zack Greinke to do the same tomorrow in Game 4 of the NLCS against the Cardinals.

Ricky Nolasco is currently lined up for the assignment, but Dodgers manager Don Mattingly acknowledged to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times this afternoon that things could change depending on the results of tonight’s game. In other words, Nolasco should go if the Dodgers win, but they’ll likely turn to Greinke on three days’ rest if they are facing elimination tomorrow. This would set up the possibility of Kershaw going on short rest again in Game 5.

Greinke allowed two runs and struck out 10 batters over eight innings in Game 1 of the series on Friday. While Kershaw started on three days’ rest for the first time in his career last week, Greinke has done it twice before.

  1. cincinata - Oct 14, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    The Dodgers should not start Greinke on short rest in either case. I think Nolasco has a good record against the Cards. I think they can win with him in game 4 and save Greinke for game 5.

    • blacksables - Oct 14, 2013 at 7:10 PM

      If there is a game 5. You have to get there first.

      • dodgers1k88 - Oct 14, 2013 at 7:29 PM

        I realize the article is incredibly long but did you read the words and comprehend them.

        “In other words, Nolasco should go if the Dodgers win, but they’ll likely turn to Greinke on three days’ rest if they are facing elimination tomorrow. This would set up the possibility of Kershaw going on short rest again in Game 5.”

        That means if they win Nolasco should start game 4 but if they are facing elimination they would use Greinke on short rest which in turn would also set up the possibility of him winning and having Kershaw go in game 5 on short rest as well.

      • blacksables - Oct 14, 2013 at 7:38 PM

        Did you read the comment I replied to?

      • happywash - Oct 14, 2013 at 11:04 PM

        We’ll get there, and then some. Good luck trying to beat two Cy Youngs a second time. You guys are batting .130 and should consider yourself lucky to have won 2 games. They will be the last two you win. HA HA HA!

  2. perryt200 - Oct 14, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    may not be a game 5

    • happywash - Oct 14, 2013 at 11:02 PM

      Uh-oh… your ace lost, looks like you flapped your lips a little too soon! HA HA HA!

  3. spc7ray - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    very tuff call but I think I would use Nolasco in game 4

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