Dodgers don’t mind waiting
Los Angeles happy for the additional rest before next series begins.
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.”