LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers stood pat at Thursday afternoon's non-waiver trade deadline, but they will go for a second consecutive sweep on Thursday night, with Clayton Kershaw on the mound in the series finale against the Braves at Dodger Stadium.
Kershaw is going for the second 10-game winning streak of his career, having also gone 10-0 in a 14-start stretch from the end of 2011 into the start of 2012. Kershaw is 9-0 with an 0.94 ERA in his last 10 starts, with more wins than runs allowed (eight) or walks (eight) during that span, to go with 95 strikeouts.
Since 1980 the only other Dodgers to win 10 straight decisions are Orel Hershiser (11 straight wins in 1985), Fernando Valenzuela (1980-81) and Ramon Martinez (1996).
In his career against the Braves, Kershaw has allowed 13 runs, nine earned runs in six starts, with a 1.91 ERA to go with 53 strikeouts and 14 walks in 42⅓ innings. But in those six starts, including the playoffs, he has five no-decisions, with his one win in Game 1 of the 2013 NLDS in Atlanta.
Julio Teheran has been under the radar, but he is quietly putting up an excellent season for the Braves. The 23-year-old right-hander is 10-6 with a 2.71 ERA, with 132 strikeouts and just 31 walks. He is fourth in the National League with 149⅓ innings and is second in the league with 15 starts of seven innings or more.
The only time he faced the Dodgers was Game 3 of the 2013 NLDS, when the Dodgers bombed him for six runs on eight hits in just 2⅔ innings. Carl Crawford was 2-for-2 with a home run against Teheran in that game.
Time: 7:10 p.m. PT
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