Clayton Kershaw will start Game 4 of the National League Division Series for the Dodgers, the club announced Monday. Kershaw, who was the losing pitcher in Game 1 on Friday, was one of two candidates to start the game along with left-hander Alex Wood.
Clayton Kershaw had to watch from the bench as the Dodgers squandered Game 1 of the National League Division Series but still got saddled with the loss. Kershaw and Jacob deGrom turned the game into a showdown of arms, writes colleague Mark Whicker.
For Kershaw, Friday represents his third NLDS Game 1 start in as many years. Greinke has also started Game 2 each of the last two years, while Anderson has started one playoff game in his career, three years ago for the Oakland A’s. He has never faced the New York Mets in his career.
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw struck out Melvin Upton Jr. in the third inning Sunday against the San Diego Padres, becoming the first pitcher since Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling in 2002 to strike out 300 batters in one season.
Kershaw is expected to throw no more than 60 pitches in his final start of the regular season, in the Dodgers’ 162nd game. Fortunately, he was efficient enough to throw 14 pitches in each of the first two innings, striking out two batters in each frame.
After walking off the mound to end the third, Kershaw was greeted by high-fives from his teammates in the Dodgers’ dugout — a rare gesture, since Kershaw is typically left alone. The Dodger Stadium crowd stood to applaud the accomplishment, which was announced on the Dodger Stadium video board.
The Dodgers lead the Padres 2-0 on the strength of a two-run home run by Joc Pederson.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was put through the wringer on a multitude of subjects, including Yasiel Puig’s return, Scott Van Slyke’s injury, Jose Peraza’s injury, Zack Greinke’s ERA title chase and Clayton Kershaw’s quest for 300 strikeouts.
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