Going into game 5 of the NLCS and trying to regain momentum in order to defeat the Chicago Cubs, many Dodgers fans were surprised at the decision to not start ace pitcher, Clayton Kershaw. Unfortunately, their concerns were validated when the Dodgers fell to the Cubs, 8-4.
In an interview before game 5, Kershaw answered many desired questions, and making it clear:
I’ll pitch whenever they want me to.
It was a critical game for the Dodgers, but it is now in the past. Moving forward, an extra rest day for Kershaw means we will not have to worry about pitch counts or possible exhaustion from the starter.
Kershaw has been phenomenal this entire postseason, though his 3.72 ERA does not reflect that. The reality is that every game he has pitched in, the Dodgers have won.
On top of that, Clayton Kershaw only allowed 2 hits in game 2 of the NLCS in 7 shutout innings. He clearly knows what he’s doing against this talented Cub’s offense.
Here is what Kershaw had to say about facing the lineup for a second time in Chicago:
The fact of the matter is that one more loss and the Dodgers’ season will come to an end. There should be a sense of urgency in the clubhouse; however, there should also be a sense of readiness. They will be putting out their two best starters in Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill, and Kershaw seems to be as ready as ever.