Clayton Kershaw will be pitching for the Dodgers today (4:10 pm PDT start time) against the Miami Marlins, Jose Fernandez, and Don Mattingly. Today we will find out if Kershaw’s back is okay and whether he can bring his real “stuff” from an MLB mound. His following start could be more telling, as that’s when we’ll really find out if his back survived this first start back from the disabled list.
If you think that this game is unimportant, think about the possibility of entering the playoffs without Kershaw. Yup, I thought so. A playoff rotation of blister Rich Hill, Kenta Maeda, Scott Kazmir, and Jose De Leon? That wouldn’t go so well. How about a playoff rotation of Beast Kershaw, Hill sans blisters, Maeda, and De Leon? That would work out better.
Fifty-one years ago today, the following game happened: