Roberts: LA hitting 'reset button' for NLDS

Dodgers look ahead after fizzling in season's final series

Roberts: LA hitting 'reset button' for NLDS

SAN FRANCISCO -- Vin Scully deserved a better farewell, but that's baseball.

In his final broadcast on Sunday, the Dodgers, his employers for 67 years, were whipped by the Giants, the team he fell in love with 80 years ago to the day, 7-1. Scully's career ended with a series sweep that put San Francisco in the postseason as a Wild Card and the Dodgers on their heels with five losses in the last six games.

Scully ends career as he lived it, with class

"We're going to have to hit the reset button," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "We played a team with its back against the wall and they played like it. They won three games they needed to win. We tried to play the middle, get guys rested and line up the rotation and things like that, get certain guys seen, and it's against what we've done all year. The workouts this week will allow us to focus. I just don't want any carryover from this past road trip."

Game Date Matchup Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 7 LAD 4, WAS 3 video
Gm 2 Oct. 9 WSH 5, LAD 2 video
Gm 3 Oct. 10 WAS 8, LAD 3 video
Gm 4 Oct. 11 LAD 6, WAS 5 video
Gm 5 Oct. 13 LAD 4, WSH 3 video

Friday and Saturday the Dodgers play the first two games of the best-of-five National League Division Series in Washington against the Nationals, with Games 3 and 4 (if necessary) in Los Angeles.

The Dodgers will take Monday off, work out at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, fly to Washington on Wednesday with a light workout that night and a full workout Thursday.

The Dodgers won their fourth consecutive NL West title with a 91-71 record, finishing four games ahead of San Francisco. But they were outscored in this series, 19-4, and lost the season series, 11-8.

"Overall, as an offense, we need to be better," Roberts said.

Postseason schedule | Gear up

The Dodgers lost the last three games to left-handed starters, finishing the year 22-24 against them, as well as finishing 38-43 on the road. They are the only NL team in the postseason with a losing road record.

Kenta Maeda, scheduled to start Game 3 against the Nationals, was whacked by the Giants for five runs on nine hits in only 2 2/3 innings -- not the final tuneup he had planned.

"I didn't have sharpness to any of my pitches or the feel or command," said Maeda, who will have seven days off before Game 3. "It's too bad my season ended on a bad note, but I will make my regular adjustments and prepare for the next game."

What made Scully love baseball

In the outfield, Joc Pederson provided a scare when he landed hard on his right shoulder trying to make a diving catch. It's the same shoulder he separated in Milwaukee this year. Meanwhile, Andrew Toles was held out of the last two games because of a sore left wrist he hurt a week ago making a catch.

Both players said they expected to be ready by Friday. Pederson said he had immediate pain, but it went away. Toles said he will probably not swing a bat for a few more days, but insisted he'll be ready Friday.

Sunday, Roberts used mostly players expected to be on the postseason roster. That included relievers Grant Dayton, Alex Wood and Josh Fields, a trio he said "made their case stronger."

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.