Kershaw to start Game Four for Dodgers

Mon Oct 12, 2015 6:58pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Clayton Kershaw will take the mound for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Tuesday's Game Four of their National League Division Series against the New York Mets, regardless of the outcome of Monday's pivotal game.

Three-time Cy Young Award winner Kershaw will be pitching on three days rest, one day less than usual, when he goes against Mets' rookie left-hander Steven Matz (4-0, 2.27 ERA).

Having the big left-hander draw the starting assignment on Tuesday leaves his co-ace Zack Greinke available to pitch a climactic Game Five, if needed, back in Los Angeles on Thursday.

"The adrenalin takes over," Kershaw, 27, said before the game on Monday. "You don't really feel tired or anything like that.

"It's the playoffs. Obviously your routines change a little bit ... but as far as being prepared, being ready for it, I'll be fine come tomorrow."

Kershaw, who had another great campaign in 2015 with a 16-7 record, 2.13 ERA and 301 strikeouts, was the losing pitcher in Friday's opening 3-1 loss in the best-of-five that was tied 1-1 heading into Monday's contest.

Despite his unquestioned regular season brilliance, Kershaw has suffered bitter playoff disappointments the past two years.

In 2013, Kershaw gave up seven runs in four innings in a 9-0 elimination loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Six of the 2013 NL Championship Series.   Continued...

October 9, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) pitches the first inning against the New York Mets in game one of the NLDS at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports