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Wood, Kershaw in 'pen for G6, possible G7

October 31, 2017

LOS ANGELES -- With his bullpen on fumes, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said before Game 6 on Tuesday that Alex Wood and Clayton Kershaw, who started the two previous games of the World Series, would be in the bullpen for, hopefully, the final two games.Roberts said he would prefer to

LOS ANGELES -- With his bullpen on fumes, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said before Game 6 on Tuesday that Alex Wood and Clayton Kershaw, who started the two previous games of the World Series, would be in the bullpen for, hopefully, the final two games.
Roberts said he would prefer to use Wood in Game 6 and Kershaw in Game 7.
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"I think that's the idea, understanding that you still have to win two games," Roberts said, "and what you could potentially get out of Clayton tomorrow vs. today. But Clayton is adamant that he feels good today and wants to be available. So I think for me, we'll just leave it at that, but it's no surprise that his mindset, his attitude [is] to give us whatever he has."
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Roberts said Wood, who started on Saturday night, probably could give him 40 pitches or two innings. Kershaw, who started Sunday night, would be less than that, although it is his day for a between-starts bullpen session.
In an all-hands-on-deck situation, Roberts said he expects Brandon Morrow to be available, even though he's pitched in every game and his velocity was down in Game 5, when he allowed four runs on six pitches, including two homers.
Roberts said he would use closer Kenley Jansen for only three outs in Game 6. Jansen has already allowed two home runs in this Series after allowing five the entire regular season.
Worth noting
• Roberts disputed the notion that his club, while playing in cozy Minute Maid Park, tried to go toe to toe and outslug the Astros, abandoning the team-concept offense that resulted in 104 regular-season wins and home-field advantage for this Series.
"I think we're taking a lot of walks [18 vs. 16 for Houston] in this Series," Roberts said. "If you look at the run production, we're right there with them [30 for L.A., 28 for Houston]. Outside the fact they've won three and we've won two, when you look at things, they sort of mirror each other.
"I don't think we've tried to. I still think when we needed a base hit, our approach -- we're taking our walks. Corey's still hitting line drives. I still think we're putting together at-bats, outside of the McCullers game -- we went sideways for a while [after three consecutive walks] -- but after that we've been OK."
• For all the focus on the Dodgers' bullpen, Houston has outhit Los Angeles, .253 to .213, and outslugged it, .528 to .438. The Dodgers have struck out significantly more often, 44 to 36. The top four of the Dodgers' lineup -- Chris Taylor, Corey Seager, Justin Turner and Cody Bellinger -- are 16-for-78, .205. Yasiel Puig has two homers, but he's also batting .143. And that's against a Houston pitching staff with a cumulative ERA of 5.55, only slightly higher than the Dodgers' 5.21.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.