Know Your Enemy: Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw (2-2, 1.88 ERA) will start for the Dodgers tonight against Jon Niese (2-1, 3.80 ERA) and the Mets.

Niese vs. KershawKershaw struggled in his last start against the Padres, allowing five runs – three earned – in only 5 1/3 innings. However, he’s been a victim of poor run support so far in 2013, with the Dodgers scoring just six runs in his four starts.

In a post to True Blue LA, Dodgers fan Eric Stephen explains:

“Kershaw has lost his last two starts, and has never lost three consecutive starts in his career.  The Dodgers have lost three straight Kershaw starts before (four times, amazingly including a seven-start stretch in 2009), and Kershaw has lost three straight decisions before, but never has Kershaw tasted defeat three consecutive times to the mound. Then again, Kershaw never allowed three home runs in a game outside of Coors Field until his last start, when the Padres took him deep three times at Dodger Stadium.”

Kershaw has owned the Mets in his career, going 5-0 with a 1.37 ERA in six starts against them.