Dodgers NLCS: Clayton Kershaw Gets the Start in Game 4
The Dodgers threw Julio Urias out in Game 3 of the NLCS, a guy that they did not expect to need until a little later in the series. Julio was also under consideration to get a bulk inning role, but things happen in baseball.
Unfortunately for the Dodgers, that ‘thing’ was Clayton Kershaw’s back acting up. Kershaw was forced out of his scheduled start on Tuesday resulting in Tony Gonsolin getting the nod. When asked about his back earlier today, Dave Roberts didn’t want to get ahead of himself.
Every day it’s been better. I can’t just sit here right now and say he’s going to start tomorrow, but I think if it progresses the way it has, it’s a likely possibility. But again, this is making sure Clayton feels good tomorrow when he wakes up and th training staff gives us their blessing as well.
Following the HUGE blowout win in Game 3, the Dodgers announced that they did indeed have a starter for tomorrow. Despite what Dave said about his back stiffness, Clayton Kershaw will get the ball to try to tie up the series.
Clayton Kershaw IS starting tomorrow.
Confirmed by Doc.
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) October 15, 2020
Anytime you can have a player of Kershaw’s caliber get the ball for you in Game 4 of a playoff series, you’re in a good spot. Kersh has thrown the ball well this postseason, combining for 3 runs across 14 innings pitched. He has also struck out 19 batters and allowed just 1 walk despite seeing a dip in his velocity during his last start.
The Braves will counter the established veteran with a rookie right-hander in Bryce Wilson. Atlanta has already talked about using Max Fried on short rest in Game 5 should the Dodgers tie up the series on Thursday.
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The Dodgers are in a good place. Kershaw for Game 4 and, hopefully, May for Game 5. Games 6 and 7 will include Buehler and Gonsolin in the mix; maybe a bullpen game. The bats came alive early in the game, but got quiet after that. Still, they know how to hit. After the first 2 games, I am a bit more optimistic.