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.
Major League Baseball has announced the umpiring crew for the World Series. John Hirschbeck is the crew chief. It’s his fifth World Series assignment, third as a crew chief.
A surprising name on the crew is Joe West. It’ll be his sixth World Series overall, but first since 2012. There had been chatter for several years that Major League Baseball was making a more concerted effort to get its best umpires into the World Series more often while minimizing the appearances of its weakest umpires. Most assumed West’s absence from the Fall Classic in recent years, despite his seniority, was a function of that. Maybe they’re still making merit a priority and maybe West has just improved? I’ll leave that for you to judge.
Anyway, here is the lineup of umps for Game 1. They will rotate after that, of course. If the series goes six games, Cowboy Joe will be calling the balls and strikes:
Home plate: Larry Vanover
1B: Chris Guccione
2B: John Hirschbeck
3B: Marvin Hudson
LF: Tony Randazzo
RF: Joe West
Replay Official for Games 1-2: Sam Holbrook (with assistance from Todd Tichenor)
Replay Official for Games 3-7: Larry Vanover (with assistance from Todd Tichenor)