ST. LOUIS -- For the second straight season, the Dodgers will turn to Clayton Kershaw to pitch on short rest in Game 4 of the National League Division Series. But this year, though the decision had already been made, it wasn't announced just a few hours before game time. The Dodgers announced Kershaw would start Game 4 against the Cardinals before Game 3 on Monday night at Busch Stadium.
Kershaw will be on three days rest on Tuesday, but it leaves Game 5 for Zack Greinke on a full four days rest.
The bizarre Game 1 start by Kershaw - not pitching out of the stretch until the seventh inning, then getting battered for six hits and six runs in the eight-run inning that turned the game around - didn't dissuade manager Don Mattingly, who thankfully has a memory beyond a few days.
"It's Clayton Kershaw. I hate to say it like that," Mattingly said. "These kind of guys don't curl up and go away. You don't get to where you are, you don't win four ERA titles and end up going to win three out of the last four Cy Youngs, could have won all four of them, just by anything goes bad, you just curl up and go away. These guys go to work, they come back. They keep working and they keep going. So this is a different cat.
"He's our best guy."
Kershaw pitched on three days rest in Game 4 of the 2013 NLDS against the Braves, allowing two unearned runs in six innings in a no-decision at Dodger Stadium.
Dan Haren, who was penciled in at least publicly to start Game 4, will be ready to pitch in any of the remaining games of the series as needed.
Game 4 will be held at 2:07 p.m. PT on Tuesday afternoon at Busch Stadium.