LOS ANGELES -- Nineteen hours after his final pitch Tuesday night in New York, Clayton Kershaw was on the field at Dodger Stadium for his usual day-after workout Wednesday afternoon.
"Got to pitch Sunday," said Kershaw, optimistic that Zack Greinke and the Dodgers will win Game 5 of the National League Division Series on Thursday (8 p.m. ET, TBS) and advance to the NL Championship Series against the Cubs.
Pitching on three days rest in Game 4, Kershaw allowed the Mets one run in seven innings for a 3-1 win on Tuesday at Citi Field, keeping the Dodgers alive while snapping a personal five-game postseason losing streak.
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After a cross-country team charter flight, Kershaw said he arrived home around 4:30 a.m., slept fast, then did some running and played some light catch at Dodger Stadium. Officially, Wednesday was a complete day off for the team.
Kershaw's normal routine would include a regular bullpen session before Thursday's game. With Greinke pitching Thursday and Kershaw needing five days until Game 2 of the NLCS if the Dodgers advance, the choice for the Game 1 starter comes down to Brett Anderson or Alex Wood.
Anderson did not face the Cubs this year, while Wood went 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA in his only start against them. Kershaw was 1-1 with a 2.40 ERA in two starts against Chicago with 23 strikeouts in 15 innings, but he also allowed three home runs.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.