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Clayton Kershaw and Sandy Koufax at 250 starts

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers turn to Clayton Kershaw to try to gain a split in their series against the Mets on Thursday night at Dodger Stadium, a start that will be the 250th of Kershaw's career.

Here is what Sandy Koufax did through his 250th start, which came on June 29, 1965:

119-71, 2.96 ERA, 1,692 innings, 159 home runs, 622 walks, 1,746 strikeouts

Kershaw through 249 starts compares quite well:

118-57, 2.42 ERA, 1,661 innings, 100 home runs, 467 walks, 1,806 strikeouts

I think I most amazed that the innings are so close, especially since to this point in their respective careers Koufax had 95 complete games compared to 22 for Kershaw. While those 22 complete games for Kershaw are low relative to Koufax, they are tied third-most in MLB since the start of 2008, behind only a couple of retired ex-Phillies.

Maybe Kershaw can pitch 31 innings in the series finale.

Kershaw and his 64-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio take the mound on Thursday night, facing off with Bartolo Colon and his 33-4 ratio. They rank first and second respectively in the majors in strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Game info

Time: 7:10 p.m. PT

TV: SportNet LA