On the brink of elimination, the Los Angeles Dodgers have chosen to go with Clayton Kershaw to start game four of the NLDS against the Washington Nationals. Joe Ross will take the mound for the Nats. The Dodgers are looking to win in the friendly confines of Chavez Ravine. If won, game five would take place in Washington.
The team originally had the game four starters narrowed down to Kershaw and 20-year-old rooki Julio Urias. But trailing in the series, the team chose to go with experience over youth.
After a strong showing in game one of the NLDS, the Dodgers are in an all too familiar place, fighting for their playoff lives. The club sent their ace, Kershaw to the mound for game one and was boosted by a hot start to the game for the bats.
Even though, Kershaw wasn’t in Cy Young form, he did go five innings, giving up eight hits and three earned runs. He also added seven strikeouts to only one walk. All the games runs came in the first four innings before turning into a scoreless bullpen game.
Following the positive start to the series the Dodgers dropped the following two games. Rich Hill struggled to go 4 1/3 innnings, allowing six hits and four earned runs. After scoring the first two runs of the game, the L.A. bats went cold and the offense was nowhere to be found. As if the loss wasn’t enough, the team left 12 men on base.
In the latest installment of this five-game series, the Dodgers turned to rookie sensation Kenta Maeda in game three. Maeda was roughed up in only three innings of work. He surrendered five hits and four earned runs, his postseason earned run average now sits at 12.00.
The Dodgers will look to change their fortunes by starting Kershaw on three days rest in game four of the NLDS. This season on three days rest he is 4-1 with an earned run average of 1.13 in six starts. As the Dodgers look to get back into the series, check back for LA Dodgers News and more!