So Dave Roberts pulls Kershaw after 7 perfect innings….
Since this game, it has come out that Kershaw and Roberts both agreed that he would come out when reaching a particular pitch count OR innings, whichever came first. Apparently, Kershaw really didn't have an issue with it. He acknowledged he "would have liked" to stay in, but agreed that considering his arm issues last season and he literally didn't pick a ball up until late January of 2022, the best decision was to come out. Add on top of that he had yet to throw over 70 pitches or six innings in simulated games at practice.
I just watched "High Heat" on my lunch and "Mad Dog" claims he was at the game and if Kershaw would have wanted to go the distance, Roberts would have let him, that it was Kershaw's decision. Mad Dog was hammering Kershaw for not being competitive and really laying into him and questioning his competitive drive.
Update to the Update:
I'm not sure if any of you heard during the broadcast of Tuesday night's Braves/Dodgers game, but Costas and crew stated that Kershaw did in fact take himself out of the game, not Roberts. So, Mad Dog Russo was correct yesterday in his claim that Kershaw took himself out.