There’s no way to sugar coat it, the Dodgers are bad right now. Real bad. They’re finding new and infuriating ways to lose while missing nearly a third of their roster on the injured list. Because of that last point, Dave Roberts is opting to do something that has never been done in the regular season…
Clayton Kershaw is starting on short rest.
Not that there’s anything actually dramatic about it, but with as bad as the team has been of late, the added tinge of drama just makes me feel better.
Notably, Kershaw has started plenty on short rest in postseason’s past, all with varying levels of success, but never in the regular season. In today’s case, he’s coming off the shortest outing of his career having completed just 1 inning in Chicago against the Cubs.
Back to the created feeling of drama here, it’s also important to note that Clayton has had his share of injury concerns in the past with his back and neck regularly keeping him out of games for stretches each season since 2016. Still, Roberts is ready to roll the dice with Kersh thanks to his injury-riddled club.
We definitely obviously know Clayton’s history. But as far as kind of where he’s at in recent history — and currently physically — he’s in a great spot. So it just made our decision for us. But yeah, in past years we wouldn’t have done this.
The Dodgers have lost 14 of 18 and 4 straight. Once again, Clayton Kershaw will be called upon to play the role of stopper for floundering ballclub that finds itself 2.5 games behind the San Fransisco Giants in the NL West.
It has to stop some time… right?