Clayton Kershaw hasn't spent the past year dwelling on his loss to the Cardinals in Game 6 of last season's National League Championship Series. He had all winter to do that, and then he turned in a season for the ages. But Kershaw is ready to get back on a postseason mound for the first time since that NLCS defeat.
When they oppose each other in Friday's National League Division Series opener, Stephen Strasburg of the Nationals and Jake Peavy of the Giants are too competitive to leave each other little notes underneath the rosin bag by the pitcher's mound. But it's possible to imagine them doing so.
It's a rematch of last year's grueling National League Championship Series. It's a pitchers' duel for the ages, with the two starters, Clayton Kershaw and Adam Wainwright, a safe bet to finish in the top three, if not the top two, of this year's NL Cy Young Award voting. It's two legendary franchises: the Cardinals vs. the Dodgers. It's the NL Division Series, and it begins in Dodger Stadium on Friday night at 6:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.