In Game 4 of the NLDS, the Los Angeles Dodgers look to advance to the NLCS with a victory over the Atlanta Braves. In order for them to do that, they’re going to need a good outing from their starting pitcher for tonight, Ricky Nolasco. Before the season ended, I discussed how Nolasco needed a good outing at the end of the season to give the Dodgers some hope that he can give them quality starts this postseason when called upon. He proceeded to go out and lose yet again to end the season. Quite frankly, all Nolasco was good at towards the end of the season was losing or struggling through high scoring wins.
If Ricky can go out there tonight and help pitch the Dodgers into the NLCS, all will be forgotten, at least for the time being. The Dodgers winning last night solidified Nolasco starting, otherwise Clayton Kershaw would’ve been an option to pitch on short days rest. It’s moments like this that Nolasco is going to have to take advantage of and step up. Freddy Garcia will be going head-to-head with Nolasco tonight, so Ricky has a very good chance to out pitch him. But the question is, will he?
Ricky’s contract is up at the end of this season, and although he likely won’t be back in Los Angeles, pitching a good postseason can go a long ways to help him earn some decent cash this offseason. The Dodgers offense is hot right now so he’ll be given some run support, but he has to do his part as well. Basically, Nolasco has to go out there tonight and win, and all will be good for him and the Dodgers.