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Dodgers’ Dave Roberts On Struggling Players, Justin Turner at DH and More

The Dodgers will play the Astros in Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday before taking the series back to Los Angeles. They are coming off of a successful Game 4 that was filled with brilliant pitching and hot bats, specifically from Alex Wood and Cody Bellinger.

Clayton Kershaw will take the mound for Game 5, which gives the Dodgers a huge advantage. In Game 1 of the World Series, Kershaw pitched seven innings and gave up just one run on three hits. He will go up against Astros’ Dallas Keuchel, who pitched 6.2 innings in Game 1 and gave up three runs on six hits.

Below are the lineups that both teams will go with for Game 5 of the World Series.

Dave Roberts caught up with MLB Network before Sunday’s game and talked about struggling players, the lineup for Game 5, and more! Here are some of the highlights:

Dave Roberts on struggling players and how he knows whether or not to continue using them or to go with somebody else:

I think that with Cody Bellinger, with Corey, with Yasiel who struggled early… To bet on the player, and the man, and the preparation, I’ll bet on that and I think that it paid off [Saturday] night with Cody.

Dave Roberts on the planning that goes into a game and how that potentially changes:

I think that there is no one script because I think that we talk through so many different scenarios… I will say this is that I didn’t expect Alex Wood to go no-hitter through five, and he pitched his tail off.

Dave Roberts on whether the Dodgers will use Brandon Morrow in Game 5 and why Justin Turner is out of the lineup:

There’s no definitive. I know that if he had it his way he’d be available, but yeah. We have a lot of good arms in the pen. And I definitely am conscious of not putting him in harm’s way. But Brandon has been huge for us, obviously.

Today JT’s going to DH. He’s got a little calf thing, nothing serious, but I think to keep him off his feet.

Check out the full interview below!

What are your predictions for the last game for the World Series at Minute Maid Park? Let us know in the comments below!

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Alex Perez

Whittier College Alumnus. Editor In Chief of Dodgers Nation. Lifelong Dodgers fan.

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