The Dodgers are going to Game 7 of the National League Championship Series. After falling behind 3 games to 1, Los Angeles came roaring back and won two consecutive games to tie things back up in the series.
In typical Game 7 fashion, it sounds like all hands are on deck for Dave Roberts and his pitching staff. That would apparently include Clayton Kershaw, who just threw 87 pitches on Thursday night in Arlington. Kershaw was spotted in the bullpen during the Game 6 win, leading reporters to ask if he would be available for Sunday.
I’ll talk to him tomorrow, you know coming off of the spasms and just kind of seeing where he’s at physically, a couple of days of rest. I’ll talk to him and we’ll make a decision. -Dave Roberts
Roberts essentially admitting he would consider using Kershaw out of the Dodgers bullpen seems odd, for a lot of reasons. The fact that he just threw on Thursday alone should probably take him out of the conversation. Add in the fact that there are several arms available to go along with his back spasm issue, and it makes close to no sense at all.
But then again, Dave ROberts has shown in the past that he likes to lean on his guy when the going gets tough. Sometimes it works out, and sometimes it doesn’t. Kershaw came in and shut down Game 5 of the NLDS back in 2016, and that worked out fine. But bringing him into Game 5 last season didn’t end well at all.
Expect the Dodgers to lean heavily on their bullpen guys along with Tony Gonsolin in this one. If they need the length, they may also consider using Julio Urias as well.