"Right now we're scheduled to go with Ricky, and that's the way we're going to go," said Mattingly.
Would that change based on how Game 3 goes? If a Dodgers loss in Game 3 made Game 4 an elimination game, would Mattingly start the likely Cy Young winner?
"Obviously, again, you're going to go through every scenario," he said. "But really we're looking at Ricky as Game 4."
Kershaw has never pitched on three days' rest. He threw 124 pitches over seven innings Friday night. Because of the Tuesday day off, a Game 5 would set up Zack Greinke on regular rest. Kershaw would be pitching a Game 5 on one extra day of rest.
Nolasco allowed 17 runs in 12 innings over his last three starts. His last start was Sept. 25, so he will go 12 days between starts, with only one inning of relief Sept. 29 in between.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.