BOSTON’S Chris Sale was hospitalised last week with a stomach ailment while Clayton Kershaw threw an inning last weekend, but both left-handed seven-time All-Stars will pitch in Wednesday’s (EDT) World Series opener.
The 114th edition of Major League Baseball’s best-of-seven final begins at Boston’s 106-year-old Fenway Park, with Kershaw hoping to lift the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Red Sox to their first title in 30 years after falling one win shy last year.
“Because we’ve gotten so close in the past, because we’ve gotten to go to the post-season, we’re a little bit spoiled in our expectations,” Kershaw said.
“We’re very fortunate to be on a great team, but we’re still missing that (championship) ring.”
The leftiecontinues to get the job done for Boston.
Kershaw has won three Cy Young Awards as best pitcher, led the National League in strikeouts and wins three times each and earned-run average five times. In 2014, he became the first pitcher in 46 years to be named the National League Most Valuable Player.
But for all his accolades, he has never been able to deliver a World Series title for the Dodgers in his 11 major league seasons, Los Angeles falling to Houston in seven games last year.
It figures to be a match-up of baseball’s best lefties. Sale went 12-4 this season with 237 strikeouts and a 2.11 ERA.
Kershaw struggled with injury but was 9-5 with 155 strikeouts and a 2.73 ERA.
“He has been as consistent as any starting pitcher in the game for the last decade,” Sale said of Kershaw.
“His trophy case is packed. But he’s been able to stay consistent and stay at that dominant level for a long time. You see a lot of ups and downs with people, but he’s been at the top for quite some time now and it’s pretty impressive.”
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