Game 4 of the National League Championship Series is Clayton Kershaw’s game and could be his series. He will confirm whether what happened Wednesday night was an aberration or transformation of the NLCS. See, the Dodgers did great, amazing, record things on the board in Game 3. Their win with 15-3 wins
Game 4 of the National Series of the Champions League is
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|Game||Date||Time||Match / result||TV / Accents|
|Gm 1||October 12||ATL 5, LAD 1||I’m watching|
|Gm 2||October 13||ATL 8, LAD 7||I’m watching|
|Gm 3||October 14||LAD 15, ATL 3||I’m watching|
|Gm 4||October 15||8 p.m.||LAD @ ATL||FOX & FS1|
|Gm 5||October 16||9 p.m.||LAD @ ATL||FS1|
|* Gm 6||October 17||$ 4:30 pm||ATL @ LAD||FS1|
|* Gm 7||October 18||8 p.m.||ATL @ LAD||FOX & FS1|
Alas, they still have only one victory for this. And while the numbers on the Globe Life Field scoreboard were clearly in their favor with Texas-sized shellac, historical numbers are still stacked against them.
Only 25 percent of the teams that fell 2-0 in the best of seven series and won Game 3 went all the way back to winning the series – and none of the last 17 have done so. You have to go all the way back to the Red Sox rally in 2004 against the Yankees in ALCS to find the last team to fully recover from a 2-0 hole.
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So while this time of year has become a bit of a joke, to mention Kershaw’s outing as the most important start to his career after the season, well, Game 4 is pretty important.
The Dodgers need number 22 to reach 2-2.
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“I just know that if he’s in a good place physically, you know he’ll be prepared,” said manager Dave Roberts. “I like where we are.”
On paper, Kershaw vs.
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Read the paper carefully and you will see that Kershaw – even in the midst of the resurgent season and after two wins this postseason – has work to do here.
1) Kershaw loves the breaking ball … and also the Braves.
Kershaw’s pitches accounted for 57.2% of his offerings this postseason (42.8% sliders, 14.4% curved balls, on Statcast) – the highest percentage of anyone with at least 100 pitches.
While Kershaw usually gets a lot of swinging shots from his breaking ball (28 to 2 kicks this season), he will face a Braves team whose percentage.
2) Kershaw loves first-level punches … and Braves too.
He had the highest first-step hit rate (69.7%) of all baseball pitchers in the regular season. In the post-season season, his mastery of the first shot was even more pronounced. He faced 51 bullies and inflicted an initial blow on 43 of them (84.3%).
The brave are specially equipped to ambush Kershaw. Their retention rate of .788 on the first pitch was the best in MLB.
3) And let’s not forget about the back.
Back pain is a chronic problem for Kershaw. He missed about two and a half months of 2016 with a herniated disc, five weeks of ’17 with low back tension, three weeks of ’18 with low back discomfort and was scratched from the start of the opening day of this shortened season due to stiffness. back.
Kershaw wouldn’t have started this start if the Dodgers didn’t feel he was in a better place than he was two days ago. But we just don’t know if the spasms that scratched him for Game 2 are serious enough to affect him during Game 4.
All aside, this is the story we love in October. Kershaw – a lifelong Dodger with a tortured history in this tournament – is trying to summon things and endurance to remind the world how good and how good this Dodgers team is. Getting close to his hometown in Dallas – and in front of friends and family in the first ticket series of the MLB season – makes it even more fascinating.
If the Braves beat him 3-1, the story of the top seven tells us that Atlanta will have an 85 percent chance of winning the NL pennant.
But if Kershaw passes, it’s a brand new NLCS.
Anthony Castrovince has been a MLB.com reporter since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince.