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Dodgers News: Next Outing for Clayton Kershaw Confirmed by Roberts

Game 1 of the National League Division Series is behind us and it was certainly a painful one. Clayton Kershaw was tagged for 6 runs before the seats were even warm at Dodger Stadium and was chased after recording just one out against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts along with Kershaw both confirmed that the left-hander wasn’t experiencing any physical issues stemming from his balky shoulder. A dejected Kershaw instead said he just didn’t have it.

Despite the outing, Roberts is already looking ahead to the next time Clayton would take the mound, if the best-of-five series makes it that far.

To his credit, Kershaw said he’ll be ready for when ever Roberts needs him.

Game four would come on Thursday night in Arizona. The Dodgers will need to win at least one of the next two games to make that game happen. The Diamondbacks remain red hot, winning their third game so far this postseason. Roberts shared his thoughts on what the young club does right at the plate.

“They win pitches. I don’t think they punch much. They just put the ball in play. When you make a mistake, there’s some slug in there. They’re not essentially built on slug, but those guys can still hit the ball in the ballpark. And I think right now they’ve clearly had a great game plan for the Brewers, and they came with a good plan tonight and executed it. And that’s part of the game.”

Hit the ball and try to keep the line moving seems to be the mantra and it’s working well so far for the Arizona ballclub.

The NLDS takes one day off on Sunday before we resume on Monday at Dodger Stadium with rookie right-hander Bobby Miller making his first career postseason start for LA.

Photo Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports

Clint Pasillas

Clint Pasillas has been writing, blogging, and podcasting about the Los Angeles Dodgers since 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Bobby Miller, and any Dodgers of the future. Under Clint, Dodgers Nation has grown into one of the most read baseball sites in the world with millions of unique visitors per month. He's a golf enthusiast, an amateur wood worker, and a friend.


  1. Time for Roberts to quit looking at analytics and play ball. Analytics should be a tool used, not the driving factor of the game. Let our players swing, put the ball in play, create runs. That is Arizona’s gameplan.

  2. Should never have started Kershaw. Why pretend that he does not have postseason jitters. Look at his record! STARTING the series is even greater pressure! Oh well…..And now he will be even MORE mental.

  3. Why are Roberts and the Dodgers sending Kershaw back out again in this series? Insanity… repeating the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome.

  4. All that matters is the team has got to be pissed.
    Yes, Kershaw had a bad game.(Obviously.)
    But what did the rest of the team do to support him and try to win.
    Our defense was inconsistent and our offense was non existent.
    That was not our team last night and they know it.
    So tie your shoes, put on your big boy pants, tighten your belts and stand back up.
    Your a good team dame it, With great teammates .
    Now play like it!
    Your the Dodgers from Los Angeles. Play like it

    1. hard to respond when your starting pitcher puts you in a 6-0 hole before you even get a chance to hit. That missed ball by Outman and Kershaw getting rocked (again) killed the energy of the stadium and the team.

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