LOS ANGELES — Major League Baseball announced the umpire assignments on Monday through the first round of the playoffs. The crew of arbiters in charge of the Dodgers’ National League Division Series will be led by crew chief Gerry Davis
Davis is in his 34th year as a major league umpire, and has worked more postseason games (133) than any umpire in history. He has worked five World Series, 10 League Championship Series (including in 2013 between the Dodgers and Cardinals), and this will be his 14th Division Series. His rotation for the NLDS begins at second base in Game 1.
The Dodgers will play the winner of the wild card game in the NLDS, with Game 1 scheduled for Friday night at 7:31 p.m. PT. Game 2 is Saturday night at 6:08 p.m.
The rest of the umpire crew for the Dodgers’ NLDS, along with their Game 1 assignments:
Home plate: Paul Nauert
First base: Phil Cuzzi
Second base: Davis
Third base: Alan Porter
Left field: Bill Miller
Right field: Quinn Wolcott
The replay crew in New York during the division series will include umpires Greg Gibson, Tom Hallion, James Hoye and Tim Timmons.
Clayton Kershaw has a 3.52 ERA in four career starts with Nauert behind the plate. Only one of those starts came in the last three seasons -- this June 13, in Cleveland, Kershaw allowed two runs in seven innings in a win over the Indians, striking out six.
Potential Game 2 starter Rich Hill is has a 1.13 ERA with Cuzzi as the home plate umpire, in all of eight total innings. The one start was July 6 of this year at Dodger Stadium, allowing one run on two hits in seven innings, striking out nine Diamondbacks.
Yu Darvish has never pitched with Davis behind the plate.