For the 3rd time in 4 years, the Dodgers are headed back to the World Series. After an epic comeback down 3 games to 1, Los Angeles took down the Braves in the NLCS on Sunday to advance.
The Dodgers will face off against the Tampa Bay Rays, a team loaded with pitching. The Rays are expected to throw out Tyler Glasnow in Game 1, and Los Angeles will counter with Clayton Kershaw. Kersh will be pitching on normal rest after throwing on Thursday against Atlanta.
Dodgers announce Clayton Kershaw will start Game 1 of World Series.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) October 19, 2020
This will be the third time in his career that Clayton Kershaw has started Game 1 of the World Series. In 2017 against the Astros, he tossed 7 innings of 1-run ball and struck out 11 Houston hitters in the process. The next year against the Red Sox didn’t go nearly as well, as he allowed 5 earned runs in 4 innings as the Dodgers fell 8-4.
This will also be Kershaw’s 4th appearance of the postseason. Through 2 starts, he has allowed 7 earned runs through 19 innings pitched. He has also struck out 23 batters compared to just 2 walks in those 3 starts. The nod to Kershaw for Game 1 can likely be attributed to the fact that there are not any other Dodgers pitchers that would be pitching on normal rest on Tuesday.
Walker Buehler threw 6 innings on Saturday, while Dustin May, Tony Gonsolin, and Julio Urias all pitched for the Dodgers on Sunday.
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