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Dodgers News: Austin Barnes Feels Clayton Kershaw is Comfortable and Ready to Compete in October

After a long, but rewarding season for the Dodgers, they now will have a few days off to get ready for the postseason. This is when the team can finalize their playoff roster, and where each player fits into a different role. 

Manager Dave Roberts recently hinted at veteran starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw taking the ball for game one of their NLDS series, and his teammates have all the faith in him to succeed. Catcher Austin Barnes gave his thoughts on his teammate and is ready to watch him go to work.

“I think he’s ready to go. I thought his stuff has been really good the last two or three starts. I think he’s right where he needs to be and that’s a good sign for us.”


Kershaw battled through injury during the second half of the season but has been getting healthier with time. And now, as the playoffs get going here soon, they are going to need him to be himself if they want any chance to win. Barnes continued with his thoughts regarding Kershaw.

“I don’t think it was always easy for him to get to a place where he feels really comfortable out there, but I think he looks really good. He’s going to go out there, he’s going to compete like he always does and there’s nobody we want out there more, at least on my side. I’m excited to see what he’s gonna do in October.”


The veteran has been one of the more consistent pitchers for this team all season long, and they will look to him again this October. He posted a 13-5 record and a 2.46 ERA throughout the season, and it helped LA stabilize the rotation all year.

LA will be counting on him to set the tone for them in game one, assuming he gets the start. He will be one of the biggest x-factors for this team in the playoffs, and the hope is that he can help them win another World Series.

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Matt Levine

Matt earned a Master of Science degree in Sport Management from Louisiana State University in 2021. He was born and raised in the Los Angeles area, growing up a huge fan of the Dodgers and Lakers. Matt Kemp was his favorite Dodgers player growing up.

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