Dodgers manager Don Mattingly mostly affirmed Monday night that Ricky Nolasco will start Tuesday's Game 4 of the National League Championship Series for Los Angeles.
But it might be wise to continue to refer to Nolasco as a "probable" starter.
Mattingly stopped just short of issuing an ironclad guarantee that Nolasco will start.
"As of right now" Mattingly said after Los Angeles bested St. Louis 3-0 in Game 3 of the NLCS "Ricky Nolasco will be pitching tomorrow."
Before Game 3 Mattingly sounded prepared to bypass Nolasco in favor of Zack Greinke who has superior credentials if the Dodgers absorbed a loss that would push them to the brink of elimination. The obvious risk was that Greinke if summoned for Game 4 would be working on three days' rest one fewer than usual.
"I would say yes today's results may have something to do [with it]" Mattingly admitted.
This has become a familiar situation for Nolasco 30. The Dodgers replaced him with Clayton Kershaw last Monday in Game 4 of ...