The Dodgers are ready for the playoffs and Dave Roberts has officially named the Game 1 starter to kick off October!
Kershaw has been one of the best pitchers in the National League when healthy, the catch is that he has not been healthy for an entire season in almost five years.
Kershaw’s 2023 regular season stats have been solid, posting a 2.46 ERA while striking out 137 batters over 131.2 innings, his most since 2019.
The 35-year-old veteran was on pace to challenge for the NL Cy Young award at the All-Star break before sustaining a shoulder injury that has bothered him since.
Kershaw has not been pitching at 100% but a solid five innings from the lefty is something he still can do and he will make the sacrifice to help the team win.
Kershaw will start his sixth Game 1 in the postseason in his career but due to injury and other rising pitchers, he hasn’t taken this mantle since 2017.
With this announcement, Bobby Miller will most likely be the Game 2 starter for the Dodgers as the impressive rookie tossed 120.1 innings to a 3.89 ERA and an 11-4 record.
Miller will look to follow up with Kershaw and hopefully get a quick 2-0 against the team they face in the NLDS.
Clayton Kershaw gets the ball in Game 1 and he will strive to start the team down a path that wins their second World Series in the last five years.
It’s time for Dodger baseball!
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