It’s safe to say that Don Mattingly is a gambling man. The Los Angeles Dodgers‘ skipper took a huge risk on Monday night by starting ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw on short rest, but it paid off and now we will never question Mattlingly or the Dodgers again.
There were only three days in between Kershaw’s starts in the NLDS, but L.A. knew the left-hander would deliver again just like he did in Game 1 and Mattingly did not want the series to switch back to Georgia for a do-or-die Game 5 against the Atlanta Braves.
Kershaw delivered by allowing only three hits and two unearned runs in six innings while fanning half a dozen batters, and that was good enough to give L.A. a one-run victory and put them in the NLCS. Now all Mattingly, Kershaw and the Dodgers have to do now is sit back and wait while the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates beat up on each other in Game 5 of their NLDS series. Put simply, now after a huge gamble, life is good in Hollywood.