It’s no secret that Joe Torre likes the veterans and has even been loathe to play youngsters at times. He has been admired, praised, castigated and reviled for that proclivity. Therefore it comes as somewhat of a surprise that this announcement was made by Ken Gurnick of www.Dodgers.com:
“Dodgers manager Joe Torre planned to skip Randy Wolf and pitch Clayton Kershaw if a Game 5 was necessary in the National League Division Series, so it was no surprise that Torre on Wednesday named Kershaw to start Game 1 of the NL Championship Series that opens Thursday against Philadelphia.”
There you have it. Just as I predicted – Clayton Kershaw will start Game 1 of the NLCS. You tab your ace to start such a game and like it or not, ready or not, Clayton Kershaw IS our ace. Don’t think he’s not ready. He’d better be ready. 21 years old and anointed to start Game 1 of the NLCS – Heavy Stuff! I think the kid has what it takes, but time will tell.
This is the time when legends are made. Can he step up and be the real ACE? Dang, that is really a lot to put on a 21 year-old and if Torre did it, you have got to believe that the Kid has what it takes. I have been watching him since he was 18 and I think he does. Let’s Ride!
I have to quote Tom Verducci of SI (make of it what you will):
“The Dodgers play baseball like they cut a rug: uninhibited, boldly and with contributions from plenty of unexpected sources. Such insouciance served them well during an NLDS sweep in which they committed no errors, held St. Louis to six runs, pulled off one comeback win that reached new heights of improbability, scored their final nine runs with two outs and thrived from the know-how of their manager, Joe Torre, ‘the horse whisperer of post-season baseball.’ ‘We may not be the most talented team.’ Torre says, ‘but, they just seem to find a way to win. They’re relaxed, and they have tremendous confidence. They don’t feel like anybody should beat them. Not can’t - that’s dangerous. “Should” beat them.’”
I don’t think that anyone should beat these guys either. After all….
These are Destiny’s Dodgers!