As Dave Roberts spoke with reporters Wednesday afternoon, the Dodgers had played 15 games this season. They had 147 to play, and yet the Dodgers manager actually used the words “must win.”
In just about any other context, you would suspect the Dodgers had gone into panic mode.
But Wednesday was not just any other day. It was Kershaw Day, the closest thing the Dodgers have to guaranteed win night.
And, as if to stoke the competitive fire of the most competitive pitcher in the game, the Colorado Rockies got Clayton Kershaw good and angry before the game. He was atop the mound, ready to start the first inning, and he could not.
Tyler Anderson, the Rockies’ pitcher,...