Clayton Kershaw to Start Game 1 of 2020 World Series for Dodgers vs. Rays

Jenna CiccotelliContributor IIIOctober 19, 2020

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) leaves the game against the Atlanta Braves during the sixth inning in Game 4 of a baseball National League Championship Series Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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Left-hander Clayton Kershaw will start Game 1 of the World Series for the Los Angeles Dodgers, per the Los Angeles Times' Bill Shaikin

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. 

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