Clayton Kershaw

Are the Dodgers making the right move by starting Clayton Kershaw on short rest tonight? (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / October 7, 2013)

Are the Dodgers doing the right thing in starting Clayton Kershaw in Monday night's game? There are pros and cons:

Pro: Get a chance to close out Braves tonight and you can start Zack Greinke and Kershaw in Games 1 and 2 of the NLCS, which begins Friday.

Con: Kershaw has never started on three days' rest, and if he loses, you come back with Greinke in Game 5, which means Hyun-Jin Ryu is your Game 1 pitcher in the NLCS (provided the Dodgers defeat the Braves).

There has been an interesting debate on Twitter by former major-leaguers Brandon McCarthy and Gabe Kapler as to whether this is a good move.


Our Dodgers blogger, Steve Dilbeck, has his take on the situation here.