Clayton Kershaw “likely” to pitch on short rest if needed

5 Comments

Clayton Kershaw will start Game 1 of the NLDS for the Dodgers and according to Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles if the series goes to a Game 4 “it appears quite likely” he’d start on three days’ rest.

Of course, manager Don Mattingly wouldn’t confirm that, saying:

We wouldn’t even think about it until we see what would happen in Game 1 or what kind of situation we’ll be in, so that’s not even a question that we even consider.

However, as Saxon notes Kershaw started on three days’ rest last postseason and performed well against the Braves. And that would also potentially set up Zack Greinke to pitch Game 5, meaning the Dodgers could use Kershaw and Greinke for four of the five games against the Cardinals.