Wow. The Dodgers have announced that left-hander Clayton Kershaw will be starting Game 2 of the NLDS at Dodger Stadium against the Washington Nationals. Moreover, that leaves Hyun-Jin Ryu as the game 3 starter on the road in Washington.
Rich Hill has already been announced to start game 4.
The Dodgers announced Clayton Kershaw will start Game 2 tomorrow. Hyun-Jin Ryu will pitch Game 3 on Sunday.
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) October 3, 2019
Kershaw was seen by numerous members of the Dodgers media during dry work, as he typically does before the day he starts.
Clayton Kershaw just completed a dry bullpen session at Dodger Stadium, as he usually does the day before he starts.
— Andy McCullough (@ByMcCullough) October 3, 2019
This comes as a bit of a surprise considering many people were expecting Hyun-Jin Ryu to receive the start in Game 2. On the season, Kershaw has posted a 3.21 ERA on the road versus a 2.89 ERA at Chavez Ravine. In comparison, Hyun-Jin Ryu has posted a 2.72 ERA on the road and a 1.93 ERA at home. This is an interesting decision, but it certainly sets up some amazing pitching matchups in the series.
In Game 1 on Thursday, the Nats will send Patrick Corbin to the hill against Walker Buehler. On Friday, Kershaw will take on Stephen Strasburg in Game 2. Game 3 appears to be Hyun-Jin Ryu versus Max Scherzer. In Game 4, if necessary, it is tentatively scheduled as Rich Hill versus Anibal Sanchez.
Kershaw had started every Game 1 in an opening series until 2018 for the Dodgers, when Hyun-Jin Ryu received the ball against Atlanta.
Kershaw will once again be attempting to put the ‘can’t pitch in the postseason’ narrative to rest at age 31. Let’s hope to see vintage Kershaw in full effect on Friday. They certainly need him to look like it.