“Anibal has been pitching really good for us, as has Folty,” Snitker said. “It's just kind of a natural fit right there and want him out there, in case we have to bring him back.”
The Dodgers will start Hyun-Jin Ryu in game 1, followed by future Hall of Famer Clayton Kershaw. Their budding rookie Walker Buehler gets game 3. The team will assess it from there, but Rich Hill is the favorite to start game 4.
-Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson will miss the NLDS with a partially torn ligament in his left hand. The team was optimistic he could make his way back in time, but he wasn’t to the point he could comfortable swing.
“That’s a tough loss because of what he brings to this team and what he’s done,” general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. “I feel bad for us but as much for him because he lives for this. He’s all about winning. He prepares, he works, he studies, he cares. If you asked him at the time he got drafted, this is what it was all about for him.”
-The Dodgers have a significant experience advantage over the Braves. Snitker acknowledged such matters in these moments, but he delivered a message to his team that it’s still the same game they’ve (successfully) played for the last half year.
"I just don't want them to do anything different than what they've done, because what they've done is good enough, you know, just to play with that emotion and aggression and the energy that they've been doing," he said. "And I've been here in playoff scenarios before, and there's not going to be any shortage of those guys getting amped up and being ready to go. Just let it fly.
"I mean they've been doing that all year. They've had a really good time playing baseball. It's a really neat group for me to be around in that respect, how they like to work and they prepare very well. And then when they go out, just to let it fly and not be careful."