Posted October 07, 2013

Dodgers to start Clayton Kershaw in NLDS Game 4 vs. Braves

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Clayton Kershaw is upset with the Dodgers for leaking contract talks. (Photo by Kent C. Horner/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw will try to pitch the team into the NLCS. (Kent C. Horner/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Dodgers will start pitcher Clayton Kershaw tonight against the Atlanta Braves in Game 4 of the National League Division Series, the team announced.

The announcement contradicted an earlier report quoting the team’s pitching coach. Rick Honeycutt had told the Los Angeles Times that the team planned to keep its normal rotation.

Kershaw will get the nod instead of Ricky Nolasco. Kershaw is pitching on three days rest for the second time in his career.

The Dodgers lead the series two games to one after winning Game 3 last night.

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“Whatever decision they make is going to be the best decision for the team,” Nolasco told the Dodgers’ official website before the decision was made to start Kershaw. “So I’m with whatever. They’re the ones who get paid to make those decisions. So I’ll be here ready to take the ball whenever they ask me to pitch.”

Kershaw dominated the Braves in Game 1 of the series, pitching seven innings, giving up one run on three hits while striking out 12.


6 comments
shoelessjoe
shoelessjoe

Sounds like Mattingly doesn't have faith in Nolasco !


shoelessjoe
shoelessjoe

I like this. If Braves can get a win tonight, odds tip in their favor in game 5 @ Atlanta with no Kershaw for game 5.

GoGoBlue
GoGoBlue

Back in the day, pitching on short rest was not all that uncommon.  Ultimately, they have to win if they want to even get to the next round.  And, they think their best chance of winning is to go with their ace while at home.  Gutsy move, but shows they're willing to mix things up a bit if that's what it takes to increase their odds of winning.  Go Blue! 

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

This does not make a ton of sense. I'd rather pitch Nolasco, who is effective against the Braves and then have a fresh Kershaw to start game 1 vs. the Pirates.