Clayton Kershaw makes his final start of the regular season in the Dodgers penultimate game of the regular season against the Giants on Saturday afternoon at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
Kershaw enters Saturday with a 1.65 ERA in 142 innings, and will end his regular season a little shy of the 150⅓ innings that Rick Sutcliffe pitched for the Cubs when he won the 1984 NL Cy Young Award unanimously.
Since his return from the disabled list, Kershaw has looked very much like he did before the disabled list. He has allowed three runs in four starts, including just one unearned run in his last 19 innings and no runs at all in his last 10 frames.
Kershaw in his career is 10-3 with a 1.30 ERA at AT&T Park, with 124 strikeouts and 23 walks in 125 innings.
The Dodgers are 4-14 in San Francisco since the start of 2015, and three of the four wins have come with Kershaw starting.
Ty Blach gets the start for the Giants, his fourth appearance this month in his first big league stint. Both of his relief appearances were three innings, followed by three more innings in his first major league start last Sunday.
The left-handed Blach last pitched longer than three innings on Aug. 26 with Triple-A Sacramento, when he pitched seven innings.
Blach retired all nine Dodgers he faced in three scoreless innings on Sept. 21 at Dodgers Stadium, finishing off a game that the Dodgers won 9-3.
Both of the Giants’ wild card foes play early games on Saturday, with the Mets at the Phillies at 10:05 a.m. PT, the same time that the Cardinals host the Pirates. San Francisco enters Saturday one game behind the Mets for the top wild card spot, and one game ahead of St. Louis for the second wild card spot.
For the Giants to clinch a wild card berth on Saturday, they need a loss by the Cardinals and a win over the Dodgers.
Dodgers (91-69) at Giants (85-75)
Time: 1:05 p.m. PT
TV: SportsNet LA, KTLA