Kershaw to start Game 1
He’ll take the mound tomorrow to open up. Game 2 starter still TBA.
Well, then. I guess there’s no more screwing around about who our “ace” is, eh? Very interesting decision, though. Not only does it put a ton of pressure on Kershaw – which honestly, doesn’t bother me all that much – but it does set him up to pitch Game 5 in Philadelphia, rather than Game 6 in Los Angeles. Kershaw’s been more effective at keeping runs off the board at home this year (1.83 ERA vs 3.81 ERA), though I suppose the underlying thought is that you don’t want to chance losing a series without having your best pitcher throw twice. The home/road split isn’t really as bad as it looks, either – his WHIP, K/9, and BB/9 rates are almost identical.
I think the real question, though, is the “Game 2 starter still TBA” line. How could that possibly not be Randy Wolf? Are you really going to go with Vicente Padilla or Hiroki Kuroda? No chance.