Kershaw gave up two runs over 5.2 innings en route to picking up the victory Sunday in the Dodgers' 4-2 win over the Rays in Game 5 of the World Series. The lefty scattered five hits and two walks and struck out six. Kershaw didn't look quite as sharp as he had been in Game 1, but he still racked up 11 swinging strikes and five groundball outs among his 85 pitches on the night. The southpaw surrendered both of his runs in the third inning, though he escaped further damage after striking out Brandon Lowe before battery mate Austin Barnes threw out Randy Arozarena on a stolen-base attempt to end the frame. The Dodgers bullpen was able to shut down the Rays after Kershaw exited with two outs in the sixth inning, allowing the 32-year-old to claim his second win of the series. Kershaw could be available to pitch an inning or two in relief -- if needed -- in a potential Game 7 on Wednesday.
Kershaw recorded the win Tuesday against the Rays in Game 1 of the World Series. He allowed one run on two hits and one walk while striking out eight over six innings. Kershaw was outstanding Tuesday, with his only mistake being a solo home run to Kevin Kiermaier in the fifth inning. The 32-year-old induced 19 swinging strikes on just 78 pitches. The southpaw made a statement in one of the best postseason outings of his career.
Kershaw surrendered four runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and one walk over five-plus innings to take the loss during Game 4 of the NLCS against the Braves. The veteran southpaw only gave up a solo homer to Marcell Ozuna over five innings, but he allowed a single and back-to-back doubles to start the sixth before being removed. The Dodgers are now trailing the series 3-1, so it could be a sour finish to the season if they're unable to rally and take the next three games. Kershaw won't be able to start again in the series after throwing 87 pitches, but it's conceivable he could work out of the bullpen in Sunday's potential Game 7, if necessary.
Manager Dave Roberts announced Kershaw (back) will start Game 4 of the NLCS against the Braves on Thursday, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports. The veteran southpaw was originally poised to start Tuesday in Game 2 before being scratched with back spasms, but he'll end up taking the mound a couple days later. It's a pivotal game for Kershaw and the Dodgers, as they trail the Braves 2-1 through the first three games of the NLCS.
Kershaw (back) showed improvement Wednesday and is a "likely possibility" to start Game 4 of the NLCS against Atlanta on Thursday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. Manager Dave Roberts provided an encouraging update regarding Kershaw's back issue, and he appears to be in line to start the fourth game of the series if all goes well. The southpaw was scratched from Game 2 due to back spasms, but he was still able to throw Tuesday. Roberts said that the team will wait to see how Kershaw feels Thursday before making a firm decision regarding his status.