The suddenly hot Dodgers look to complete their sweep of the Giants at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night, and will do so with their most effective weapon at beating San Francisco. Clayton Kershaw takes the mound in the series finale, looking to continue his domination of the Giants.
Kershaw in his career is 9-4 with a 1.28 ERA against the Giants in 19 games, including 18 starts, with 119 strikeouts and 23 unintentional walks in 134 innings. The 1.28 ERA is the lowest ever against the Giants with a minimum of 50 innings. Longtime relief pitcher Kent Tekulve is second with a 1.50 ERA.
Kershaw this season is 1-0 against the Giants in two starts and has allowed one run in 16 innings, with 12 strikeouts and two unintentional walks.
In 2013 Kershaw has allowed the Giants to hit a double and a triple, the only extra-base hits by San Francisco against him in 56 plate appearances. Kershaw this year at the plate against the Giants also has two extra-base hits, a home run and a double, in six plate appearances.
In Kershaw's 18 starts against the Giants he has allowed zero runs six times, one run six times, and two runs four times.
Kershaw has allowed two or fewer runs in each of his last 10 starts against the Giants, with a 1.03 ERA during that span, which dates back to the 2011 All-Star break.
In 2012 and 2013 Kershaw has faced the Giants four times at Dodger Stadium and has last at least eight innings in all four starts, with a 1.36 ERA, 32 strikeouts and four walks in 33 innings.
In 2013 Giants left-handed batters are 0-for-11 against Kershaw with seven strikeouts.
The last Giants left-handed batter to get a hit against Kershaw was Gregor Blanco on July 29, 2012. Since then Giants lefties against Kershaw are 0-for-22 with 14 strikeouts and three walks.
In his last 64 starts, dating back nearly two full calendar years, Kershaw's ERA is 2.09.
Kershaw, who has led the major leagues in ERA in each of the last two years, enters play on Wednesday third in the National League with a 2.065 ERA, behind only Matt Harvey (2.054) and Jeff Locke (2.055).
Kershaw is third in the National League with 111 strikeouts, 10 behind Harvey for the league lead.
Time: 7:10 p.m.
TV: Prime Ticket