Kenley Jansen

Schmuck: If Dodgers' Kershaw was available to go four innings, why didn't he start Game 7?

Schmuck: If Dodgers' Kershaw was available to go four innings, why didn't he start Game 7?

If you read me regularly, you know I’m not a big second-guesser. But as Clayton Kershaw warmed up to enter Wednesday night’s decisive game of the World Series, I kept asking my television set the same question.

If the best pitcher in the sport is available to pitch the most important game your team is going to play since the 1980s, why wasn’t he on the mound to start the game instead of a confidence-shaken Yu Darvish?

Sure, that’s easy to ask now, but everybody saw how Darvish responded to World Series pressure in his first start. Kershaw wasn’t invincible in his previous start either, but he’s the man in the Los Angeles Dodgers rotation.

Wouldn’t be asking that question...

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