With the season on the line, the Los Angeles Dodgers turned to their ace (well, one of them). Clayton Kershaw, the pitcher who has dominated the regular season over the past few seasons, has seen his share of struggles in the postseason. Prior to last night’s win against the New York Mets, Kershaw had lost his last 5 post-season starts, registering an ERA nearly 3x his regular season average.
Pitching on a short 3 days rest, Kershaw had the deck stacked against him. But for the first time in three seasons, Kershaw delivered a playoff performance that Dodger fans have been expecting of him. His stat line was impressive: 7IP | 3H | 1BB | 1R | 8K | 94P. Even on short rest, throwing less than 100 pitches, Kershaw provided the bullpen with some much-needed rest, and provided Dodger fans with some much needed hope.
If Zack Greinke and the Dodgers manage to win game 5 and advance to the NLCS against the Chicago Cubs, Game 1 is slated for Saturday, meaning Kershaw would be pitching on short rest again – just one more opportunity to silence the critics.