It was the decision that was talked about all over baseball for almost a week. When the Dodgers pulled Clayton Kershaw from the game after 7 perfect innings, there were plenty of opinions about it thrown out onto the internet. That came both via MLB experts and the average fan.
But what’s done is done, and there is nothing that Dodgers fans can do about the move. But Kershaw gets the start against the Braves tonight, and he will look to keep the excellent job going. So what could come of his next start?
For starters, Kershaw has the opportunity to break an impressive record. If the Dodgers hurler is able to complete two perfect innings, he will pass Yu Darvish for the most consecutive batters retired by a starter to begin their season. That only counts the Expansion Era, so since 1961.
He would have to do it against a very good Braves lineup though, potentially facing a really good run of hitters to start the game. Matt Olson is hitting over 400 and Marcell Ozuna has already homered 4 times to start the 2022 season. There is also the threat of Austin Riley, who has had success in limited opportunities against Kershaw.
But if he can find a way to set down the first 6 batters that he faces, the Dodges southpaw will find himself cemented in baseball history. Another day, another opportunity at the record books for Kershaw.
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