On Tuesday night, Clayton Kershaw and Tim Lincecum will face off for the fourth time this season. They have pitched against each other on Opening Day, July 20th and September 9th. Kershaw is 4-0 against the hated ones this year and 5-1 against them in his career. The Dodger lefty's record sits at 19-5 and he's looking to be the Dodgers first 20-game winner since Ramon Martinez finished 1990 with a 20-6 record. Back on August 10th, when his record was 13-5, I predicted Kershaw would finish the season 17-7 linked here . Since that date, has gone 6-0 and has passed the 18-win mark that was reached by Chan Ho Park in 2000. If Kershaw doesn't get his 20th win on Tuesday, he would likely pitch his last game of the season on Sunday in San Diego.
One more thing to watch for the last 9 games of the season is the Dodgers record. Yes, the team has long been out of the Division race and the Wild Card race but with their victory over the Pirates on Sunday, they brought their record to 76-76. I would consider any record over .500 to be a success with this team. With 6 of the last 9 games against the 1st and 2nd place teams in the NL West, this last week should be interesting. I would not be sad if the Dodgers were to officially elimate the Giants from the Wild Card race & the NL West race.
True to the Blue!