LOS ANGELES -- Clayton Kershaw gets the start in Monday night’s series opener against the Giants, which gives us a chance to catch up on a few of his active streaks.
Kershaw has won his last 10 decisions at home, going 10-0 with a microscopic 0.65 ERA, with 96 strikeouts and six walks in 83⅓ innings.
A Dodgers win on Monday would make Kershaw the first pitcher ever to have the Dodgers win 12 straight starts at Dodger Stadium.
Against the Giants at Dodger Stadium, Kershaw has 13 consecutive quality starts dating back to 2011, with a 1.72 ERA while averaging 7.64 innings in those outings. The only one of those starts under seven innings was last Sept. 19, when Kershaw allowed just one unearned run in six innings in just his third start back after missing 10 weeks.
17 of his 18 career home starts against San Francisco have been quality starts.
Kershaw has 29 consecutive starts with zero or one unintentional walk, dating back to 2015. During that span, Kershaw has a 1.78 ERA with 240 strikeouts and 16 walks in 202 innings. He did have one start in this streak with two total walks — last June 26 at Pittsburgh — but one of those free passes was intentional.
Monday also marks the first time this season — opening day excluded — that Kershaw isn’t starting after a Dodgers loss. The club carries a season-best four-game winning streak into Monday night’s series opener.
This is just the fourth career meeting between Kershaw and Johnny Cueto. The Dodgers have won all three games, though two came in 2011 when Cueto was with the Reds.
In their lone meeting last season, the Dodgers beat the Giants 3-2 on a ninth-inning home run by Justin Turner on June 10 in San Francisco. Both Kershaw and Cueto pitched eight innings in the duel.