Kershaw is lined up to start Game 6 of the NLCS, FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports. The Dodgers will apparently give Kenta Maeda the ball for Game 5, regardless of Wednesday's outcome in Game 4. Kershaw threw a bullpen session Wednesday, lining him up to start what could be a Game 6 clincher on an extra day's rest.
Kershaw will start Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports. He came in to close out Game 5 of the NLDS on Thursday, and that will essentially serve as his bullpen session in between starts. Kershaw could now come back to start Game 5 of the NLCS on Thursday and could also be available out of the bullpen in a potential Game 7 next weekend.
Kershaw will start Tuesday in Game 4 of the Dodgers' NLDS matchup with the Nationals. Kershaw will be going on short rest Tuesday afternoon, but the Dodgers are down 2-1 in the series and want their top pitcher on the mound with their season on the line. Kershaw has beaten the Nationals twice this season, once on June 20 and also in Game 1 of this series.
Kershaw could start Game 4 of the NLDS on short rest if the Dodgers lose the next two games, otherwise he wouldn't pitch again until a potential Game 5, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. He gave up three runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out seven over five innings in Game 1, and it was enough for him to get the win. Unless the Dodgers drop their next two games, Kershaw won't pitch until Game 5 of the NLDS or Game 1 of the NLCS.
Kershaw (12-4) gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits and a walk over seven innings in Saturday's 3-0 loss to the Giants. He struck out four. The dominant southpaw was highly efficient in only needing 82 pitches to get through seven frames, but was outdueled by rookie Ty Blach, who surprisingly stymied the Dodgers through eight scoreless innings. Kershaw wasn't his typically dominant self as evidenced his relatively low tally of nine swinging strikes, but certainly pitched welll enough to garner the victory in what was his third straight quality start. Despite the disappointing outcome, the team and Kershaw at least head into the playoffs knowing he appears to be back to full strength after a stint on the 60-day DL with a back injury this summer.