Dodger manager Don Mattingly changed course Monday naming Clayton Kershaw the starter for Game 4 of the NL Division Series in place of Dan Haren.
Kershaw will be pitching on three days rest against the St. Louis Cardinals just as he did in last year’s NL Division Series against Atlanta, when he went six innings, allowing two unearned runs while striking out six to help close out the Braves in four games.
This time around he’ll either be in the same position with a chance to end the series, or he’ll be trying to play the role of savior to keep the Dodgers' season alive.
Kershaw’s the front runner for both the Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards but the Cardinals didn’t care in Game 1 when they smeared his pitches all over Dodger Stadium.
In his last two postseason starts, both against St. Louis, Kershaw has allowed 15 runs and 18 hits in 10 2/3 innings pitched.