Checking In With Clayton Kershaw & The Triple Crown

The Dodgers head into Sunday's series finale in Atlanta in what I would call a power position. The Dodgers have won six straight and 11 of their last 12 games, and start Clayton Kershaw on the mound going for a sweep of the Braves.

Yesterday we looked at Matt Kemp's triple crown chances. Today, we turn to Kershaw. Here are Kershaw's placement the National League pitching triple crown categories. These are through Saturday's games:

ERA Wins Strikeouts
Johnny Cueto 2.29 Ian Kennedy 18-4 Clayton Kershaw 212
Clayton Kershaw 2.45 Clayton Kershaw 17-5 Tim Lincecum 200
Roy Halladay 2.47 Roy Halladay 16-5 Cliff Lee 198
Cliff Lee 2.59 Cliff Lee 15-7 Roy Halladay 191
Cole Hamels 2.63 Yovani Gallardo 15-9 Cole Hamels 169

Halladay starts today for the Phillies in their series finale in Florida. Ryan Vogelsong, at sixth place just behind Hamels with a 2.633 ERA (Hamels is at 2.627), starts in San Francisco today against the Diamondbacks.

Lineups

Before Sunday's finale in Atlanta, the Dodgers recalled relief pitcher Ramon Troncoso from Triple A Albuquerque. It is Troncoso's third stint with the Dodgers this season. The Dodgers now have 29 players on the active roster, including 16 pitchers.

Atlanta goes righty heavy against Kershaw today, as Brian McCann, Freddie Freeman, Jason Heyward, and (switch-hitter) Chipper Jones all sit.

Dodgers Braves
SS Gordon CF Bourn
1B Loney 1B Prado
CF Kemp RF Diaz
LF Rivera
2B Uggla
RF Ethier C Ross
3B Miles SS Gonzalez
C Barajas 3B Wilson
2B Sellers
LF Constanza
P Kershaw P Delgado

 

Game Time: 10:35 a.m.

TV: KCAL

MLB Gameday

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