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It's Clayton Kershaw or bust for the Dodgers this season

It's Clayton Kershaw or bust for the Dodgers this season

Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts laughed nervously when asked where his team would be without Clayton Kershaw.

"That's cold sweats," Roberts said. "I don't go there."

There's a reason for that.

Once every five days, the Dodgers are nearly unbeatable, as they were Tuesday night, when Kershaw limited the Angels to one run over eight innings in a 5-1 victory at Dodger Stadium.

In the four days in between, they are one of the worst teams in the major leagues.

The Dodgers are 8-1 when Kershaw starts. They are 13-18 when he doesn't. Their winning percentage of .419 in games started by pitchers other than Kershaw would place them at the very bottom...

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