Series Finale With Yankees A Battle Of Southpaws

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 09: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium on June 9, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Cardinals 4-3. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

The finale of the series between the Dodgers and Yankees features a battle of fantastic left-handed pitchers.  When Andy Pettitte was 22 years old, in 1994, he split time between Double A Albany-Colonie and Triple A Columbus.  He was called up to the Yankees in 1995, and he proceeded to win 149 games in nine seasons under Joe Torre with the Yankees.  Clayton Kershaw at 22 is in his third big league season, all under Torre, and his holding his own atop the Dodger rotation.

Kershaw is third in the major leagues with 48 walks issued, but has showed vast improvement since the end of April:

Clayton Kershaw & Walks
Split IP BB BB/9
April 29.1 22 6.75
May-June      
62.1 26 3.75

Incidentally, Randy Wolf and Dontrelle Willis are ahead of Kershaw, each with 50 walks allowed, entering today.

Kershaw has pitched six innings or longer in 11 of his last 13 starts, and is averaging 6.11 innings per start this year after averaging 5.63 innings per start in 2009.

Pettitte is having a fine season at age 38, at 9-2 with a 2.48 ERA.  He has thrown seven innings or longer in each of his last six starts, and is 4-1 with a 2.25 ERA during that span.  Pettitte has a long history with a pair of Dodger outfielders:

  • Manny Ramirez:  101 plate appearances, including postseason; .400/.455/.667 with nine doubles, five homers, and 23 RBI
  • Garret Anderson:  85 PA, including postseason; .405/.412/.548 with three doubles, three homers, and 10 RBI

James Loney has 19 RBI in June, after a 22 RBI May.  With one more run batted in in his next four games, Loney will become the first Dodger with back-to-back 20-RBI months since Manny Ramirez in August and September 2008.

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After a two-week vacation, Xeifrank is back with today's game simulation.  Get your guesses in here.

Game Time: 5pm

TV:  ESPN

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