Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw will start NLCS Game 4 against Braves — Whittier Daily News

Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw watches from the dugout during Game 2 of the National League Championship Series on Tuesday in Arlington, Texas. After being scratched from his Game 2 start with back spasms, he is expected to start Game 4 on Thursday against the Braves. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw works…

Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw will start NLCS Game 4 against Braves — Whittier Daily News

Clayton Kershaw will start NLCS Game 4 in a ‘perfect world’ for Dodgers – Tom Verducci — VOICE OF THE HWY

Video Details Oct 13, 2020 at 5:09p ET | MLB | Duration: 2:23 Tom Verducci joined the MLB on FOX crew to give an update on Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw’s back spasms. Verducci said that if everything goes right, he will start Game 4 of the National League Championship Series.

Clayton Kershaw will start NLCS Game 4 in a ‘perfect world’ for Dodgers – Tom Verducci — VOICE OF THE HWY

Dodgers will go with Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw in NLCS Games 1 and 2 — Daily News

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Dodgers will rely on the same threesome in their starting rotation that got them to the National League Championship Series – Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw and “optionality.” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Saturday that Buehler will start Game 1 against the Atlanta Braves on Monday, with Kershaw getting the assignment in…

Dodgers will go with Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw in NLCS Games 1 and 2 — Daily News

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Dodgers will rely on the same threesome in their starting rotation that got them to the National League Championship Series – Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw and “optionality.”

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Saturday that Buehler will start Game 1 against the Atlanta Braves on Monday, with Kershaw getting the assignment in Game 2, the same way the Dodgers began each of their two previous playoff rounds.

As far as Games 3, 4 and (potentially) 5 – they will cross that bridge when they come to it. As they were in the NL Division Series sweep of the San Diego Padres, Dustin May, Tony Gonsolin and Julio Urias could appear in relief before they make a start later in the series.

“I just don’t think that it just makes sense for us to close optionality in Games 1 and 2 and 3 and 4,” Roberts said. “So I think that for us – we know (the starters in Games) 1 and 2 and I honestly don’t know who 3, 4 and 5 are.

“I think that until we need to answer that question – I’ll feel good about it, but right now I just don’t feel the need.”

In the NLDS, May pitched two scoreless innings in relief in Game 1, then started Game 3 but pitched only one inning. It was a way to maximize his impact on multiple games, Roberts said, instead of limiting him to one game as a starter.

Urias has pitched once in each of the first two postseason series, appearing as a “bulk” innings pitcher in relief of another starter. He has been effective in that role, allowing just one unearned run on four hits and a walk while striking out 11 in eight innings.

The left-hander could appear in a similar swing role this series, Roberts indicated.

“Absolutely,” he said. “He’s going to pitch very meaningful innings.”

Gonsolin was set to start Game 4 if the Padres had extended the NLDS, but he has not pitched in a game since Sept. 26 (the next-to-last game of the regular season). He was scheduled to throw four or five innings in a simulated game to Dodgers hitters Saturday, Roberts said.

RIOS READY?

Edwin Rios was dropped from the Dodgers’ active roster for the NLDS after suffering a minor groin injury during the Dodgers’ workout last Sunday. Roberts said Rios has recovered enough to take batting practice and run at “about 75 percent.”

The Dodgers do not have to make a decision on adding Rios back to the roster for the NLCS until Monday.

“So we still have some time on that,” Roberts said.

FANS IN STANDS

The Dodgers and Braves will play in front of a paying crowd for the first time this season Monday. Approximately 11,500 tickets have been made available to the public for the NLCS games (and the World Series).

Tickets were sold in “pods” of four and no seats will be within 20 feet of a spot on the field, dugout or bullpen where any player could be located. Masks are mandatory except when fans are “actively” eating or drinking in their seats. Officials are expected to have the roof at Globe Life Field open for all of the games unless the weather makes that impractical.

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Similar arrangements have been used to allow a limited number of fans into stadiums for football games over the past month. Even with the precautions, however, the possibility exists that allowing 11,500 fans into the stadium could result in a coronavirus spread.

“I’m not thinking about that. I’m hoping that isn’t the case,” said Roberts, who has been quarantined with his players and coaching staff at a local resort since arriving in Texas. “I know we’re excited about having fans here. I’m sure there’s going to be the right protocols to keep them away from us, however they get into the ballpark. I don’t know who qualifies. But that’s not really front of mind for me.”

How Clayton Kershaw in midseason form could affect his postseason — Daily News

LOS ANGELES — This journey began in 2008. That’s when Clayton Kershaw made the first of his now 33 appearances in a postseason game. A 20-year-old Kershaw made two relief appearances against the Philadelphia Phillies in that National League Championship Series. Oh, the advice a 32-year-old Clayton might give that 20-year-old about his postseason journey…

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Clayton Kershaw scratched from Opening Day start vs. Giants — HardballTalk | NBC Sports

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has been scratched from Thursday’s Opening Day start against the Giants. Dustin May will start instead.

Clayton Kershaw scratched from Opening Day start vs. Giants — HardballTalk | NBC Sports

Bill BaerJul 23, 2020, 6:22 PM EDTLeave a comment

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has been scratched from Thursday’s Opening Day start against the Giants due to back stiffness, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reportsDustin May has been recalled to make the start in Kershaw’s place.

Kershaw was slated to oppose Giants right-hander Johnny Cueto to kick off the 60-game 2020 regular season in Los Angeles. It would have been Kershaw’s ninth career Opening Day start. The previous eight occurred from 2011-18. Hyun-Jin Ryu started on Opening Day last season.

Last season, Kershaw went 16-5 with a 3.30 ERA, 189 strikeouts, and 41 walks across 178 1/3 innings. He made 28 starts, his highest total since making 33 in 2015. Injuries have certainly become a regular part of life for the lefty, though he has still managed to pitch at least 149 innings in each of the last four seasons.

As Bill Shaikin of The Los Angeles Times notes, May will become the first Dodger rookie to start on Opening Day since Fernando Valenzuela in 1981. May, 22, made his major league debut last year, starting four games and pitching out of the bullpen 10 times. Over 34 2/3 innings, he yielded 14 runs on 33 hits and five walks with 32 strikeouts. MLB Pipeline rates May as the No. 2 prospect in the Dodgers’ system behind Gavin Lux.

Giants-Dodgers will start at 10:08 PM ET tonight, a few hours after the season officially opens with Yankees-Nationals in D.C.

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