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Anibal Sanchez to start Game 2 of NLDS against Clayton Kershaw

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Just as we all predicted back in March.

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Anibal Sanchez will start Game 2 of the NLDS on Friday night in Los Angeles. He will be opposed by Clayton Kershaw.

Sanchez was a godsend for the Braves this season after the Twins released him in March. The 34-year-old righty made 24 starts, posting a superb 2.83 ERA (3.62 FIP) across 137 innings. He struck out 135 batters and walked just 42.

Sanchez made two starts against the Dodgers this year and went 1-1. He won his start in Southern California back on June 9th, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks across 5 13 innings. He did not fare as well in his second start in Atlanta, surrendering five runs (four earned) over 6 13 frames.

Yesterday, the Dodgers surprisingly announced Hyun-Jun Ryu — and not Clayton Kershaw — would start Game 1 of the series. Kershaw has not been his usual self in 2018, although he’s still been dominant at times and seems to have shaken the playoff jitters he often suffered from early in his career.

Game 1 will pit Mike Foltynewicz against Ryu on Thursday evening.

With Foltynewicz and Sanchez making the first two starts of the series it seems likely Kevin Gausman will take the ball in Game 3 opposite rookie phenom Walker Buehler. That game will be held Sunday night at SunTrust Park.