LOS ANGELES -- Before knowing the Dodgers' opponent, manager Dave Roberts on Saturday afternoon wasn't ready to announce the order of his rotation beyond Clayton Kershaw in Game 1 of the World Series presented by YouTube TV.In the National League Championship Series presented by Camping World, Roberts went with Rich
LOS ANGELES -- Before knowing the Dodgers' opponent, manager Dave Roberts on Saturday afternoon wasn't ready to announce the order of his rotation beyond Clayton Kershaw in Game 1 of the World Series presented by YouTube TV.
In the National League Championship Series presented by Camping World, Roberts went with Rich Hill at home in Game 2 and Yu Darvish on the road in Game 3. That meant Darvish would have been in line to start a winner-take-all Game 7 had the NLCS gone the distance.
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"We haven't ultimately decided. I think it's going to be contingent on tonight," Roberts said Saturday, before the Astros defeated the Yankees in Game 7 of the ALCS presented by Camping World. "I think we'll make that decision and let the two players, Rich and Yu, know who's going to start Games 2 and 3."
Alex Wood started Game 4 against the Cubs and allowed three solo home runs in a loss.
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Hill is 3-1 with a 2.68 ERA in his career against Houston and is 3-0 with a 1.19 ERA at Minute Maid Park.
Darvish is 5-5 with a 3.44 ERA against the Astros and is 4-1 with a 2.16 ERA at Minute Maid Park. Before coming to the Dodgers at the non-waiver Trade Deadline, Darvish was 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts against Houston (including one run in seven innings at Minute Maid Park).
Roberts to play matchups with Granderson
Whether Curtis Granderson sees playing time in the World Series depends on "matchups" which will determine his role, Roberts said.
Granderson, who was acquired from the Mets in August, has struggled in the postseason, going 1-for-15 (.067) with eight strikeouts in six games. The Dodgers have usually started Granderson in the outfield whenever the club faced a righty.
The 14-year veteran is one of two Dodgers with World Series experience. Roberts said Granderson's issues stem from not being able to handle breaking balls and feels the outfielder has started to press recently.
"I think with Curtis, we've just got to look into the matchups," Roberts said. "See who makes sense and we're going to run whoever we feel gives us the best chance to win that particular night."
LA welcomes another four-day break
As has been the case in each of the previous two rounds of the postseason, the Dodgers have four days between games.
The schedule called for a four-day break between the end of the regular season and Game 1 of the NL Division Series presented by T-Mobile, which the Dodgers swept to create a four-day period without a game in advance of the NLCS. They clinched in Game 5 on Thursday, setting up another four-day gap before Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday.
Roberts said the extra rest is "crucial" for the club.
"Not only obviously setting the rotation, but with mentally and physically what goes into the DS and CS, and to sort of come back home and reset, physically and mentally, has been a huge benefit to us," Roberts said Saturday.
The Dodgers have done their best to stay sharp during the long layoffs, with simulated games, on-field batting practice and bullpen sessions, among other tactics. It's worked, with the Dodgers winning Game 1 in both rounds.
"As far as the sharpness, that kind of piece we've done a good job with the coaches and trying to simulate game situations and fared pretty well," Roberts said.
Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.
Joshua Thornton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.
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