Monday, October 07, 2013

Kershaw is Starting Tonight

This is a bit of a surprise.  Clayton Kershaw will start tonight's Game 4 over Ricky Nolasco, per a @Dodgers tweet.

In one sense you gotta like the message this sends to Atlanta.  You've got to beat our best if you want to take the series back home.  On the other hand, as Tony Jackson noted, Kershaw has never pitched on three days rest in his career.  So, there is a bit of an unknown here.

Although this is not the best scenario, I can't really fault Mattingly for wanting to try to finish off the Braves tonight. 

This also appears to be a clear sign of "no confidence" in Ricky Nolasco - and who can blame them.  Nolasco pitched horribly his last two starts of the season; giving up 17 hits and 12 earned runs in 10.2 innings of work. 

Pic above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2013

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