Jun 18, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) looks into the crowd after his no hitter against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium. Dodgers won 8-0.Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Clayton Kershaw Looks To Pitch The Dodgers Into First Place in Series Finale

Sometimes life gets in the way of Baseball, and last night that happened to me. I had a prior engagement, and was unable to watch the Dodger’s 9-1 win over the Cardinals on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium. I haven’t missed a game in a long time, but hey even I can’t watch every single game. Sometimes life happens.

Dodgers Lineup vs. St. Louis

Gordon 2B
Puig RF
Gonzalez 1B
Kemp LF
Ethier CF
Uribe 3B
Ellis C
Rojas SS
Kershaw P

Shelby Miller-7-6 vs. Clayton Kershaw-8-2

Injuries continue to ravage the Dodgers though. During their six run explosion in yesterday’s second inning, the Dodgers lost their entire left side of the infield again. Justin Turner strained his left hamstring after hitting an RBI double. According to reports, he’s headed to the disabled list, and Carlos Triunfel appears headed back to Los Angeles. Since it’s to replace an injured player, he doesn’t have to wait the standard ten days.Then Hanley Ramirez had to leave the game after walking and scoring a run in that same inning. Not because of the shoulder, but this time it was a calf injury. I have no clue. Then even third base coach Lorenzo Bundy pulled something while waiving everyone in. He received treatment, and stayed in the game.

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Seriously, stop it with the injuries Dodgers. Despite this, the Dodgers are in perhaps their best position all season long. Zack Greinke whiffed ten across seven strong frames, to pick up his NL leading tenth win of the season Saturday, which put the Dodgers to within one game of the slumping Giants for first place. Can you believe it? The Dodgers were 9.5 games back just a few weeks ago, and now they can acquire a share of first place today with a win and another Giant’s loss. Remember the loss of Angel Pagan has sent the Giant’s into a tail spin that is sending them right into the toilet bowl. Hopefully somebody will be there to flush.

The Dodgers will try not to strain all the hamstrings in this afternoon’s fourth game of the series. The Dodgers will go for a series win as Shelby Miller will duel Clayton Kershaw in the series finale.

It was uncertain whether Miller would pitch at all today because he was hurt too, but he’s going to make the start. Miller is 7-6 this year with a 3.76 ERA. He’s struggled with his control, walking 46 in 93 innings. Miller had made two starts against the Dodgers and is 1-0 with a 4.26 ERA. That one win came at Dodger Stadium for the 6’3 right hander.

The Dodgers are batting .278 (5 for 18) against Miller with one home run. Adrian Gonzlez has hit the only home run.

 

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG
Adrian Gonzalez 4 4 2 0 0 1 3 0 0 .500 .500 1.250
A.J. Ellis 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .333 .000
Andre Ethier 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333
Dee Gordon 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Dan Haren 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000
Clayton Kershaw 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .500 .500 .500
Juan Uribe 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000
Hanley Ramirez 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
Total 19 18 5 0 0 1 3 0 5 .278 .316 .444

The Dodgers will counter with Clayton Kershaw. The lefty is coming off of eight more shutout frames in his win last week at Kansas City, just two starts removed from his masterful no-hitter. Kershaw is now 8-2 with a 2.24 ERA.  Kershaw has 94 whiffs and just 9 walks so far this year. That’s an incredible 11-1 strikeout to walk ratio. Kershaw has whiffed 11.7 per nine innings.

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Kershaw hasn’t faced the cards since last year’s NLCS, but is 4-5 with a 3.75 ERA in 12 starts. The Cards have hit .280 (40 for 143) with two home runs against Kershaw. Yadier Molina is hitting .292 (8 for 27), and Allen Craig is hitting .294 ( 5 for 17) off of Kershaw. There are home runs from Craig and Holliday.

 

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG
Matt Holliday 48 38 10 1 0 1 2 10 10 .263 .417 .368
Yadier Molina 30 27 8 2 0 0 2 3 4 .296 .367 .370
Matt Carpenter 18 18 4 1 1 0 1 0 3 .222 .222 .389
Allen Craig 18 17 5 0 0 1 5 0 0 .294 .278 .471
Adam Wainwright 10 6 2 1 0 0 2 2 1 .333 .500 .500
Jon Jay 9 7 1 1 0 0 1 1 3 .143 .222 .286
Peter Bourjos 6 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .600 .667 .600
Daniel Descalso 6 4 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 .500 .667 .500
Matt Adams 5 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 .250 .400 .500
Jhonny Peralta 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000
Shane Robinson 5 5 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 .600 .600 .600
Tony Cruz 3 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .333 .333 .333
Mark Ellis 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000
Shelby Miller 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000
Total 168 143 40 7 1 2 17 19 28 .280 .364 .385

 

The Dodgers have the opportunity, a golden opportunity to move into first place. So will this be moving day for the Dodgers? It’s time for the Giant’s evil reign over first place to come to an end. Make it happen Dodgers.

Game time – 1:10 PM

Go Blue!

Tags: Clayton Kershaw Hanley Ramirez Justin Turner Los Angeles Dodgers Shelby Miller Yasiel Puig

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