After pitching on three days' rest for the first time in his career Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw will be getting a bit more rest before his next start.

Zack Greinke is expected to start Game 1 of the NLCS against the Cardinals on Friday with Kershaw set to go on regular rest in Game 2.

The team hopes the layoff between series will also benefit rookie pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu who struggled in Game 3 of the NLDS against Atlanta giving up four runs and six hits over three innings.

"I felt he was a little nervous the other day" manager Don Mattingly said. "He did some things that he doesn't usually do."

Ryu has said he isn't injured but the left-hander's performance wasn't as solid as what he showed during the regular season.

"He claims he felt fine and he continues to say he had no type of injury" general manager Ned Colletti said. "Everybody can have a bad start from time to time."