LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — After a thrilling victory over the Nationals in game 5 of the NLDS, the Dodgers now must quickly shift their focus towards the NLCS and the Chicago Cubs.
The series begins on Saturday, and the Cubs have already listed their probable starters for the first four games.
Friday, manager Dave Roberts confirmed that Kenta Maeda will get the Game 1 start for the Dodgers, with Clayton Kershaw almost certainly getting the ball for Game 2.
Maeda was told before last night’s game that he was starting Game 1 tomorrow.
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) October 14, 2016
The Cubs rotation will be Jon Lester (Game 1), Kyle Hendricks (Game 2), Jake Arrieta (Game 3), and John Lackey (Game 4).
Roberts also said the Dodgers will carry an additional pitcher this series, which most likely means the team will not carry 3 catchers like they did for the NLDS.
Dave Roberts says @Dodgers will carry 12 pitchers in NLCS, up from 11 in NLDS.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) October 14, 2016
#Dodgers Dave Roberts did say Kershaw feels good after last night and is “tracking to start when we all think” — uh, Game 2?
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) October 14, 2016
Game 1: Saturday, Oct. 15th, 5 p.m. PT @ Chicago
Game 2: Sunday, Oct 16th, 5 p.m. PT, @ Chicago
Game 3: Tuesday, Oct. 18th, 5 p.m. PT in LA
Game 4: Wednesday, Oct. 19th, 5 p.m. PT in LA