By Jon Weisman
This afternoon to reporters, Don Mattingly disclosed some of the Dodgers’ pitching plans for the final five games of the regular season.
Thursday starter Brett Anderson might have a scheduled shortened start, and the same goes for Clayton Kershaw on Monday. By all appearances the Dodgers’ National League Division Series Game 1 starter on October 9, Kershaw will be on four days’ rest when the playoffs begin, so the Dodgers don’t need to skip him entirely. But it’s not like he’s going to be going the distance or anything, even if it means the difference between getting 300 strikeouts for the year or not.
Mattingly said that Zack Greinke, who looks like the NLDS Game 2 starter October 10, would have a relatively normal start this Saturday. Greinke will be on six days’ rest assuming he takes the mound for Game 2.
Kenley Jansen, who hasn’t gotten in a game since September 24, will essentially have scheduled work to ensure he doesn’t go too long without pitching.
Dodger regulars will mostly play as they have been, according to Mattingly — enough to stay both sharp and rested for the playoffs.