Dodgers don’t mind wait­ing

Los An­ge­les happy for the ad­di­tional rest be­fore next se­ries be­gins.

The Times-Tribune - - Major League Baseball - BY ANDY MCCUL­LOUGH

LOS AN­GE­LES — A few min­utes be­fore Los An­ge­les Dodgers man­ager Dave Roberts hopped on a con­fer­ence call Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, he watched a baseball take flight on a tele­vi­sion screen.

A grand slam by Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als out­fielder Michael A. Tay­lor against Chicago Cubs closer Wade Davis in the eighth in­ning at Wrigley Field as­sured a Game 5 of a Na­tional League di­vi­sion se­ries at Na­tion­als Park on Thurs­day. Roberts did not mind the sight. Roberts laughed when asked how many in­nings he hoped his two prospec­tive op­po­nents would play in the elim­i­na­tion game.

“Can’t be high enough,” Roberts said. “It’s go­ing to be a fun Game 5 to watch.”

The Dodgers earned the priv­i­lege of rest by com­plet­ing a sweep of the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs on Mon­day at Phoenix. They will host Game 1 of the Na­tional League Cham­pi­onship Se­ries on Satur­day. The team will take four days to re­cu­per­ate from the stress of the first round and pre­pare its ros­ter for the seven-game se­ries.

Roberts de­clined to re­veal much about the team’s plan­ning for the next round. Clayton Ker­shaw will start Game 1. Beyond that, Roberts stayed mum.

Against Ari­zona, Rich Hill started Game 2 and Yu Darvish started Game 3 be­cause Hill ex­celled at home and Darvish on the road. Alex Wood was lined up for Game 4. Roberts sug­gested the Dodgers may stick with that align­ment, but it would not be fi­nal­ized be­fore the team knew its op­po­nent.

“To set it in stone right now makes no sense,” Roberts said. “With­out dig­ging into matchups, home-road, weather, things like that.”

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