Although the Los Angeles Dodgers have just boosted their
rotation, Clayton Kershaw already gives them an excellent chance to
win every time he takes the mound – especially against the San
Kershaw, who owns a lower ERA against the Giants than any other
NL team, looks to win his third straight start Sunday at AT&T
Los Angeles (41-45) made a major move Saturday by acquiring
right-hander Ricky Nolasco from Miami in exchange for three minor
league pitchers. Nolasco should bolster a rotation anchored by
Kershaw (7-5, 1.93 ERA), who leads the majors in ERA and opponent
batting average (.189).
“You can’t pitch much better than he’s pitched,” manager Don
Mattingly told the Dodgers’ official website. “He deserves a few
Kershaw is 10-4 with a 1.33 ERA against San Francisco (40-46) in
20 appearances – 19 starts. He’s 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA in three 2013
outings versus the Giants, and 5-2 with a 0.74 ERA in eight career
starts at AT&T Park.
The left-hander’s presence on the mound won’t be a welcome sight
to Giants regulars Hunter Pence (2 for 32 against him) and Andres
Torres (2 for 31). That duo is 1 for 18 against Kershaw this
Reigning NL batting champion Buster Posey is 3 for 8 with a
homer and double against Kershaw in 2013 after entering the year 6
for 33 with nine strikeouts.
Kershaw will try to win three straight outings for the first
time this year after striking out eight and walking none in a
four-hitter in Monday’s 8-0 victory at Colorado. The eight runs of
support represented a rare outburst for Kershaw, who has received
an average of 3.2 runs for one of baseball’s lowest marks.
Mattingly said Matt Kemp could be back in the lineup after the
center fielder sat out Saturday’s 4-2 defeat. Kemp left Friday’s
10-2 series-opening victory with an irritated left shoulder.
The Giants snapped losing streaks of four straight overall and
four in a row to the Dodgers on Saturday despite an embarrassing
mistake by Bruce Bochy. The manager submitted the wrong lineup card
to the Dodgers and the umpires, and Posey’s RBI double in the first
inning was wiped out due to the error.
Posey hit third in Pablo Sandoval’s spot, but the incorrect
lineup card had the sluggers reversed.
“That was a huge game for us,” Bochy said. “I would’ve felt
horrible if that would’ve played a part in us not winning.”
The Dodgers’ Hanley Ramirez extended his hitting streak to a
career-high 17 games with a triple in four at-bats Saturday. He’s
batting .477 with six homers and 17 RBIs in that run.
Yasiel Puig struck out all four times as his nine-game run
Puig will get his first look at Chad Gaudin (2-1, 2.60), who
will be activated off the 15-day disabled list to make his fifth
straight start for the Giants. Gaudin, out since June 20 due to a
right elbow contusion, went 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA in the first
The right-hander owns a 5.66 career ERA against the Dodgers in
nine appearances – two starts. Kemp is 2 for 10 against him and
Ramirez is 1 for 9.