NLCS 2013: Clayton Kershaw Should Plan on Going for Complete Game in Game 6
If there was a random vote as to who the best pitcher in all of Major League Baseball was, the guy starting game six for the Los Angeles Dodgers would be at the top of most lists. For sure Clayton Kershaw could easily be named as the best starting pitcher in the National League. If you are the Dodgers, there is no one you would rather have on the mound in St. Louis for the next must-win for the Dodgers in NLCS game six.
Kershaw needs a couple of things to be able to help his team get to a showdown game seven. First of all and most importantly he needs better defense behind him. Most of the runs given up by Kershaw in this postseason have been unearned because of a defensive lapse. That cannot happen once during the critical game six against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cards will probably look to put the ball in play as much as possible instead of waiting on a home run pitch so the defense will need to play very well.
Obviously next to that the Dodgers need to score some runs but not bad enough to take Kershaw out of the game. If he has his best stuff, he needs to pitch until he asks to come out. Great starters have thrown complete games several times in postseason history and even more than nine innings at times, that’s what they need. This could be a very tight game and Kershaw has to stick in the game absolutely as long as he has his A-game. That could be the best chance the Dodgers have of forcing a deciding game seven.