LOS ANGELES -- Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner face off for the second time in a week on Friday night in the series opener between the Dodgers and Giants. It also marks Kershaw's first start of the season at Dodger Stadium, where he continues to etch his name in the franchise record book.
Friday is Kershaw's 128th career start at Dodger Stadium, currently the ninth-most in the stadium's history. With a normal season, he will likely end up fifth by season's end, surpassing Bob Welch, Ramon Martinez, Don Drysdale and Burt Hooton along the way.
With 63 home wins, Kershaw is tied with Welch for seventh at Dodger Stadium, one fewer than Martinez and two away from Drysdale. He could end up fourth by season's end — Kershaw has averaged 10 wins at home the last five years — and with an absurd season could reach Orel Hershiser (76 wins) in third place.
Seven of those home wins have come against the Giants. Kershaw has lasted at least seven innings in each of his last 11 home starts against the Giants, dating back to Sept. 20, 2011, allowing no more than three runs in any of those starts, 18 total runs in all (a 1.77 ERA during that span).
In his entire career Kershaw has a 1.90 ERA in 16 home starts against the Giants, averaging 7.4 innings per start, yet the Dodgers have somehow lost seven of those games.
Kershaw's ERA at Dodger Stadium is 2.07 — including 1.74 over the last five years — the third-lowest ERA among pitchers with at least 20 starts at the ballpark, behind only Sandy Koufax (1.37) and Zack Greinke (2.00).
Where Kershaw has made the largest climb already is in strikeouts, with 963 at Dodger Stadium already in second place, behind only Don Sutton (1.498 strikeouts), holder of most Dodgers and Dodger Stadium pitching records.
Bumgarner is no slouch at Dodger Stadium himself, with a 2.12 career mark at Chavez Ravine in 13 games, including 12 starts, with 76 strikeouts and 11 walks in 85 innings.
Time: 7:10 p.m. PT
TV: SportsNet LA