Dodgers announce NLCS rotation

Getty Images

The Dodgers have their rotation set for the National League Championship Series, per a team announcement on Friday. Clayton Kershaw has been tabbed for Game 1, as expected, while Rich Hill will tackle Game 2, Yu Darvish will take Game 3 and Alex Wood will get the nod for a potential series-clinching Game 4.

The rotation order hasn’t changed from its NLDS configuration, though Alex Wood has yet to start a game this October thanks to the Dodgers’ first-round sweep.¬†Regardless of whether or not the Dodgers will be positioned for another sweep (or staving off a sweep from the Cubs) on Wednesday, it will mark the first postseason start of the left-hander’s career. He pitched 7 1/3 innings in relief during the 2013 Braves’ and 2015-2016 Dodgers’ playoff runs, racking up a cumulative 4.91 ERA after weathering three blowout losses.

The Cubs, meanwhile, have yet to announce their starters for the series, though manager Joe Maddon told reporters that he’s considering left-hander Jose Quintana or right-hander John Lackey for Saturday’s opener. Quintana tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings during Game 3 of the NLDS and recorded a hold during the Cubs’ wild finish in Game 5, while Lackey hasn’t added to his lengthy postseason resume since he took a loss (in relief) during Game 4 of the 2016 World Series.

The two are set to go head-to-head for Game 1 at Dodger Stadium on Saturday at 8:00 PM ET. Should the series move beyond four games, here are the projected start times for Games 5-7: