Kershaw, 32, will be on full, four days' rest for the series opener. The veteran southpaw finished the regular season with a 2.16 ERA/196 ERA+ with a 7.75 K/BB ratio in 58 1/3 innings. Kershaw started Game 2 of the NL Wild Card round against the Brewers, Game 2 of the NLDS against the Padres and Game 4 of the NLCS against the Braves. He made the NLCS Game 4 start after he was scratched from his scheduled Game 2 start due to back spasms. His 2020 playoff stats include a 3.32 ERA in three starts (19 innings) with 23 strikeouts and two walks.
Glasnow in the regular season pitched to a 4.08 ERA/104 ERA+ with a 4.14 K/BB ratio in 57 1/3 innings. Glasnow primarily relies on a big fastball that averages 98 mph and a curve. In the 2020 postseason, Glasnow owns an ERA of 4.66 in four starts (19 1/3 innings) with 25 strikeouts and eight walks. Snell, the 2018 AL Cy Young winner, logged a 3.24 ERA/131 ERA+ and a 3.50 K/BB ratio in 11 regular season starts while leaning primarily on his fastball and changeup. This postseason, he's made four starts (19 2/3 innings) with a 3.20 ERA and 19 strikeouts against 10 walks.
The Dodgers this season had a .837 OPS against right-handers and a .779 OPS against left-handers. Hitters presently on the Dodgers' roster have combined for 25 career plate appearances against Glasnow, and they have a slash line of .350/.480/.800 over that tiny sample. Against Snell, they've combined for 35 plate appearances -- almost all by Mookie Betts -- with a line of .290/.343/.452.