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Clayton Kershaw picked up the win on Sunday when he allowed two runs on five hits with six strikeouts and two walks over 5 2/3 innings in the Dodgers 4-2 win over the Rays in Game 5 of the World Series.
Kershaw did his job, once again, holding the Rays to a pair of runs over his five plus innings of work. He was tagged for an RBI triple by Yandy Diaz and subsequently gave up an RBI single to Randy Arozarena in the third inning but that was that was the only real damage he sustained. The Dodgers pen was able to continue the job and earn Kershaw his second win of the World Series. The veteran southpaw is having the best playoff run of his career up to this point with a 4-1 record, 2.93 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, and a 37:5 K/BB ratio over 30 2/3 innings. The Dodgers are now one win away from locking up their first World Championship since 1988.
Clayton Kershaw picked up the win on Tuesday when he allowed just one run on two hits with eight strikeouts and one walk across six innings in the Dodgers 8-3 win over the Rays in Game 1 of the World Series.
Kershaw was locked in from the get go in Game 1, only firing 78 pitches--53 strikes--in the highly efficient outing. Kevin Kiermaier clocked a solo homer off of him in the top of the fifth inning but that was the only real mistake the left-hander allowed. He was also given plenty of run support with the Dodgers holding an 8-1 lead when he exited the ball game. Kershaw is having the best postseason stretch of his illustrious career with a 3-1 record, 2.88 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, and a 31:3 K/BB ratio across 25 innings. Los Angeles will look to take a commanding 2-0 series lead on Wednesday.
The Dodgers announced LHP Clayton Kershaw will start Game 1 of the 2020 World Series, which begins on Tuesday evening against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Kershaw is no stranger to pitching in meaningful games during the month of October. However, the lack of dominant success he has had on baseball's biggest stage has been an ongoing storyline for years now. Most recently, Kershaw gave up four runs in five innings in Game 4 of the NLCS against the Braves. For his postseason career the three-time Cy Young award winner has a 4.31 ERA in 177 1/3 innings. A dominant couple of starts during the World Series could help quiet a lot of his haters.
Clayton Kershaw took the loss on Thursday when he surrendered four runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and one walk in the Dodgers 10-2 loss to the Braves in Game 4 of the NLCS.
Kershaw looked fine through the first five innings with the only Atlanta run coming via a Marcell Ozuna home run. He came back out for the sixth and gave up a single to Ronald Acuña Jr. then back-to-back doubles to Freddie Freeman and Marcell Ozuna before being yanked. The Dodgers bullpen couldn't hold down the Braves' offense, either, and LA finds itself, shockingly, down 3-1 entering Friday's Game 5. They'll turn to Dustin May to try and stave off elimination.
Clayton Kershaw, who was scratched prior to his scheduled start on Tuesday due to back spasms, will start Game 4 of the NLCS on Thursday, according to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.
Kershaw has been excellent in two starts this postseason, registering a 2-0 record with a 1.93 ERA, 0.71 WHIP, and a 19:1 K/BB ratio over 14 innings. He'll look to post another strong outing as the Dodgers aim to even up the series at two games apiece.