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NLCS Game 2: Clayton Kershaw vs. Cardinals

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The Dodgers ace starter is 0-2 against St. Louis this season and has lost his last three starts against the Cardinals.

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The Dodgers will turn to Clayton Kershaw in Game 2 of the NLCS on Saturday afternoon, a must-win game in a practical sense if not a technical one. In 12 career starts against the Cardinals, Kershaw is 4-5 with a 3.75 ERA, his highest ERA against any team he has faced more than twice.

Adding in his 2009 NLDS start against St. Louis (two runs and four strikeouts in 6... innings in Game 2), Kershaw's ERA lowers to 3.67, with 72 strikeouts and 32 walks in 81 innings.

Kershaw's only higher marks are a 5.40 ERA in two starts against the White Sox, and a 7.20 ERA in a single outing against the Indians.

In the past four seasons, Kershaw is 3-5 with a 4.71 ERA in eight starts against the Cardinals. In 2013 against the Cardinals Kershaw is 0-2 with six runs allowed in 13 innings.

He is 2-3 with a 3.65 ERA in six starts in St. Louis, including allowing two runs in six innings in a loss at Busch Stadium on Aug. 6.

Matt Holliday has 10 walks in 43 career plate appearances against Kershaw, who hasn't walked anyone else more than six times. Here are the career numbers, including the playoffs, for the active Cardinals against Kershaw:

  • Holliday: 10-for-33 (.303), double, home run, 10 walks, seven strikeouts
  • Carlos Beltran: 5-for-22 (.227), two doubles, two walks, eight strikeouts
  • Yadier Molina: 6-for-22 (.273), two doubles, three walks, four strikeouts
  • David Freese: 3-for-15 (.200), double, two walks, two strikeouts
  • Matt Carpenter: 2-for-12 (.167), two strikeouts
  • Jon Jay: 1-for-6 (.167), walk, three strikeouts
  • Daniel Descalso: 2-for-4 (.500), two walks
  • Pete Kozma: 4-for-5 (.800), three doubles
  • Tony Cruz: 1-for-3 (.333)
  • Shane Robinson: 1-for-3 (.333)