Clayton Kershaw, who finished the regular season with a 16-9 record while striking out 232 batters, did all of this while posting a 1.83 ERA. Kershaw is clearly the ace of the staff and will start Game 1 against one of those two teams. If that’s not scary enough for the opposing team, let’s look at the starter of Game 2, Zack Greinke.
Greinke finished the year 15-4 with 148 strikeouts and 2.63 ERA. Both pitchers put up amazing stats in the regular season, but neither one has really done well in their few postseason starts. That, however, doesn’t mean they can’t and won’t get the job done this year for the Dodgers.
The first round is always a best-of-three series and with Kershaw going in Game 1 and Greinke going in Game 2, the Dodgers should be very confident that the series should be over quickly. Obviously, the pitchers can only do so much and the offense will need to help them, so even if they pitch well, it doesn’t mean the Dodgers are guaranteed to win both games.
Even with that said, the combination of Kershaw and Greinke is a good thing for the Dodgers and a very bad thing for either the Braves or the Cardinals. Regardless of who plays the Dodgers in the first round, it’s going to be a great series and will make for some interesting postseason baseball.