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Preview: NLDS Game 4, Dodgers at Cardinals (10/7/2014)

The Pitching Matchup: Shelby Miller (0-0, -.– ERA) has 2 career postseason appearances, both as a reliever. He makes his first postseason start on Tuesday, against the Dodgers. Miller had a string of stellar starts in the final month of the season, giving up only 4 earned runs in 33 innings between a stretch from August 29 to September 18. However, he could not find his control on September 23, his final start of the season, in which he gave up 3 runs to the Cubs in only 4 innings and took a no-decision in the loss.

Clayton Kershaw (0-1, 10.80 ERA) will start on short rest, after pitching 6 2/3 innings in game 1, when he surrendered 8 runs and got the lost. The normally-infallible Kershaw seems to struggle in postseason. For whatever reason, whether it be nerves or bad luck, Kerhsaw, who has led the Majors in ERA for the past four seasons, has a career 1-4 record and 5.20 ERA in his 10 postseason appearances. Dan Haren was originally scheduled to start game 4, but was scratched in favor of the Dodgers’ ace for the elimination game.

The Skinny: Let’s hope Miller’s last start was a fluke. He has performed phenomenally in most of his past several starts and hopefully will bring his nasty stuff to the Dodgers in game 4. For me, it’s hard to say how Kershaw will pitch – he might give up several runs and go out early because that seems to be the trend for him in the postseason (especially against the Cardinals, against whom Kershaw has 8.10 ERA against in his last 3 postseason outings), or he might dominant and shut down our offense just because, well, he’s Clayton Kershaw and arguably the most talented pitched in the past decade.

Shelby Miller
Shelby Miller