Kershaw (9-5, 2.73 ERA) will be making his 25th career postseason appearance and his 20th start. Kershaw is scheduled to start Game 2.
The Dodgers clinched their sixth straight NL West division crown by beating the Colorado Rockies 5-2 in a tiebreaker game on Monday and also earned themselves an extra day of rest since they didn't have to play in the Wild Card Game on Tuesday. The Sabana de la Mar, Dominican Republic native struck out 220 batters and walked 46. Ryu has allowed just one run over his last three starts, winning all three.
Ryu, 31, was quite effective over 15 starts during the regular season, going 7-3 with a 1.97 ERA and an 89/15 K/BB ratio over 82 1/3 innings. He had a 1.50 ERA in five outings last month and will be working on normal rest in the best-of-five series opener. He went 13-10 with a 2.85 ERA and a 202/68 K/BB ratio in 183 innings of work. With superb players like Pitcher Clayton Kershaw, Right Fielder Yasiel Puig and Shortstop Manny Machado, it is no wonder the Dodgers are playing October baseball. He has a 1.97 ERA on the season.
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The goal punctuated an impressive display by the 18-year-old on his first start in the competition - and only second overall for the club.
Ryu didn't face the Braves during the regular season.
Ryu's first postseason start came against the Braves in 2013.