Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw will not start NLDS opener
Los Angeles Dodgers star Clayton Kershaw will not be pitching in the first game of the National League Division Series on Thursday.
The Dodgers announced on Tuesday that Hyun-Jin Ryu will start in their MLB playoff opener against the Atlanta Braves.
Kershaw – a seven-time All-Star, NL Cy Young and Gold Glove award winner – is set to take the mound in game two.
The move allows Kershaw to start on regular rest if the series extends to a decisive fifth game.
Hyun-Jin Ryu will start Game 1 of the NLDS against the Braves on Thursday. Clayton Kershaw will start Game 2 on Friday. pic.twitter.com/xrYFkRJjCC— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 3, 2018
Kershaw has started the opening playoff game in the Dodgers' last five postseason trips.
The 30-year-old has registered a 9-5 record with a 2.73 ERA in 26 starts this season. He struck out 155 and walked 29 in 161.3 innings pitched.
Ryu went 7-3 with a 1.97 ERA in 15 regular-season starts.