For Kershaw, Friday represents his third NLDS Game 1 start in as many years. Greinke has also started Game 2 each of the last two years, while Anderson has started one playoff game in his career, three years ago for the Oakland A’s. He has never faced the New York Mets in his career.
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw struck out Melvin Upton Jr. in the third inning Sunday against the San Diego Padres, becoming the first pitcher since Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling in 2002 to strike out 300 batters in one season.
Kershaw is expected to throw no more than 60 pitches in his final start of the regular season, in the Dodgers’ 162nd game. Fortunately, he was efficient enough to throw 14 pitches in each of the first two innings, striking out two batters in each frame.
After walking off the mound to end the third, Kershaw was greeted by high-fives from his teammates in the Dodgers’ dugout — a rare gesture, since Kershaw is typically left alone. The Dodger Stadium crowd stood to applaud the accomplishment, which was announced on the Dodger Stadium video board.
The Dodgers lead the Padres 2-0 on the strength of a two-run home run by Joc Pederson.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was put through the wringer on a multitude of subjects, including Yasiel Puig’s return, Scott Van Slyke’s injury, Jose Peraza’s injury, Zack Greinke’s ERA title chase and Clayton Kershaw’s quest for 300 strikeouts.
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SAN FRANCISCO — A playoff-clinching hangover was in full effect Wednesday. The Dodgers might have gained some clarity for their NLDS bullpen, but did little else in a 5-0 loss to the Giants. The box score is here.
Clayton Kershaw needs six strikeouts Sunday to become the first pitcher in 13 years to strike out 300 in a single season, but he’s voluntarily limiting his own chances of reaching the milestone.
Chandon Brut Classic is $264 a case. Kershaw’s pitching in the Dodgers’ 8-0, NL West-clinching win over the Giants was priceless. The box score is here.
Corey Seager has relegated Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers’ bench.