The Los Angeles Dodgers’ choice for the National League Division Series (ALDS) was once again 16-year major league veteran Clayton Kershaw, 35.
The Dodgers announced their starting pitcher for Game 1 of the NLDS against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday. Kershaw will take the mound in the all-important Game 1.
The Dodgers had previously stated that either Kershaw or Bobby Miller would start Game 1. Kershaw is a 16-year veteran, while Miller is a rookie making his debut this season.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts chose the 16-year veteran’s experience over the rookie’s strong stuff. Of course, Kershaw has the better regular season numbers.
In 24 games this season, Kershaw has pitched 131 2/3 innings, going 13-5 with a 2.46 ERA. He has 137 strikeouts.온라인바카라
His velocity is down from his peak, but he’s still a solid presence on the mound. It’s just that injuries have taken their toll.
The only problem is that Kershaw isn’t a pitcher who has fared well in the postseason. He has a career postseason ERA of 4.22.
He seemed to break his postseason jinx to some extent in 2020 when he won the World Series, but he fell apart again in the NLDS last year.
It will be interesting to see how Kershaw fares in Game 1 of the NLDS after all of his ups and downs. Game 1 of the NLDS, featuring Kershaw, will take place on April 8.