Manager Dave Roberts later announced Walker Buehler will start Game 3, which could put him in line to start a potential Game 7 if necessary. No decision has been made on a Game 2 starter for Los Angeles.
The Tampa Bay Rays announced earlier Monday that right-hander Tyler Glasnow will get the call when the series starts at Globe Life Field on Tuesday at 8:09 p.m. ET.
As the Dodgers head to their third World Series in four years following a 3-1 series comeback against the Atlanta Braves, Kershaw will make his third career Game 1 World Series start. He fanned 11 batters and allowed only one run through seven innings against the Houston Astros in Game 1 of the 2017 World Series, while he gave up five runs in four innings to the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the 2018 World Series.
The three-time Cy Young Award winner and eight-time All-Star is getting the ball for the fourth time this postseason. He has gone 2-1 in his three starts so far, allowing seven runs and 16 hits while striking out 23 through 19 innings with a 3.32 ERA.
After a standout performance in Game 2 of the Wild Card Series—Kershaw gave up only three hits in eight innings against the Milwaukee Brewers, striking out 13 and walking just one—the road got harder for the 32-year-old. Against the San Diego Padres in Game 2 of the NLDS, he gave up three runs in six innings in a 6-5 victory. He made his third start in Game 4 of the NLCS against the Braves, where he gave up seven hits and four runs while notching only four strikeouts in five innings.