"We don't really have a set pitch limit," Mattingly said. "There's not really a minimum for us either, it'll be three or four innings or something like that."
While the Dodgers have already wrapped up the NL West crown, these games aren't meaningless. Los Angeles is still in a battle with New York for home field advantage for the NLDS, as the clubs have identical records and the Mets own the tiebreaker between the two teams.
On a personal level, Kershaw sits at 294 strikeouts on the season -- which leads the Majors. If he were to hit the 300-strikeout plateau, Kershaw would be the first pitcher since Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling each reached the mark in 2002, and the only other Dodger to achieve the feat was Sandy Koufax.
"We've talked about it. His pitch count and how far he goes is more important than that to him," Mattingly said. "I'd like for him to get it. I'm sure he'd like to get it. If it comes within the framework of what limit we have."
Steve Bourbon is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.