ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have several options for pitching Game 2 of the World Series, and manager Dave Roberts opted after their 8-3 Game 1 win over Tampa Bay for rookie right-hander and NLCS Game 2 starter Tony Gonsolin to follow ace Clayton Kershaw to the mound against the Rays.
His decision came hours after he indicated his only certainly heading into Game 2 was that the team won't depend on only one guy.
"It's going to be a bullpen, whatever, kind of game, using various arms,'' Roberts said.
The Tampa Bay Rays have 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell lined up to start Wednesday. Snell was 4-2 with a 3.24 ERA in 11 regular-season starts this year, and he is 2-2 with a 3.20 ERA in four postseason starts.
Among the options for the Dodgers was Julio Urias, the 24-year-old lefty in his fourth postseason. He closed out Game 7 of the NL Championship Series by retiring the last nine Atlanta batters on 39 pitches. He is 4-0 in his four appearances this postseason. His only start was NLCS Game 3, in which he pitched five innings in a 15-3 win. The Dodgers recorded a record 11-run first before he threw his first pitch.
Dustin May has started three of his five games, but all of his appearances have been two innings or less.
Depending on if and how Urias is used, he could also be a potential starter for Game 4, though Roberts revealed no plans.
"To keep that optionality just makes sense, and to have Julio be in with us and understanding how we value him, certainly it's helpful,'' Roberts said.
Snell has faced the Dodgers once in his career: in September 2019 at Dodger Stadium, when he stuck out four while retiring all six batters he faced in his return from the 10-day injured list.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.