All eyes again on Clayton Kershaw

August, 20, 2012
8/20/12
6:43
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The Dodgers have the right person in the right place tonight. It's not just that Clayton Kershaw is their best pitcher, but that he has dominated the San Francisco Giants throughout his young career.

In 14 starts against San Francisco, Kershaw is 7-3 with a 1.34 ERA. According to Elias, only two other starting pitchers since 1920 have had more than 100 innings pitched and a 1.50 ERA against one team. The other two guys: Sandy Koufax (Mets) and Mel Stottlemyre (Angels).

What makes Kershaw's season -- 11-6 with a 2.90 ERA -- more impressive is that he admitted to reporters in May that he has been dealing with plantar fasciitis, a painful and sometimes debilitating injury, in his left foot.

"I think he’s probably still got it, but nobody talks about it because he’s not trying to find an excuse why he’s not throwing shutouts," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "I think it’s just not going away, it’s just something he’s learned to deal with more this season."

Here are lineups for Monday's matchup of elite lefties Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner:

San Francisco

Angel Pagan CF
Marco Scutaro 2B
Pablo Sandoval 3B
Buster Posey C
Hunter Pence RF
Joaquin Arias SS
Brandon Belt 1B
Gregor Blanco
Bumgarner P

Dodgers


Shane Victorino LF
Mark Ellis 2B
Matt Kemp CF
Hanley Ramirez SS
Andre Ethier RF
Juan Rivera 1B
Luis Cruz 3B
A.J. Ellis C
Kershaw P


 

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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