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Dodgers vs. Padres: Battle of Claytons

The Dodgers are 2-2 at Petco Park in 2013. Can Clayton Kershaw make it 3-2?

Kent Horner

Clayton Kershaw is undeniably the best and most skilled pitcher in baseball, yet he clearly isn't lucky. Despite possessing the National League's best ERA at 1.84, Kershaw has only collected five wins on the season.

The Dodgers offensive struggles provide the easiest explanation, as Kershaw hasn't earned a victory since May 20 at Milwaukee. Therefore, Kershaw's current win-less streak is his longest drought since 2009.

Heading into Friday's game, the Padres surprisingly have Kershaw's number. Kershaw comes into Petco park 0-2 against San Diego, while tossing 11⅓ innings and giving up five earned runs. Before the season, Kershaw was on cruise control against the fellow Southern California foes, with a 8-3 record and a 2.28 ERA over 17 chances.

The hometown Padres send Clayton Richard to the mound, sporting an ERA of 7.01 and a record of 2-5. Although, in Richard's last outing, he got the win over the Arizona Diamondbacks by pitching a masterful eight innings of one run ball. Richard has faced the Dodgers twice, and neither appearance went well. On June 6 against the boys in blue, Richard pitched 4⅓ innings and got shelled for six earned runs.

Both starters could be grouped together for being lefties and sharing the name Clayton, but production wise, there really is no comparison.

Game info

TV: Prime Ticket

Time: 7:10 p.m.

MLB Gameday