Giants @ Dodgers May 8, 2012: Kershaw vs Vogelsong

It’s fortunate for Tim Lincecum that he’s not in line to start for the Giants tonight, because Clayton Kershaw against San Francisco has become basically the safest bet in baseball. With the exception of one mediocre outing against the Giants last May, Kershaw has routinely slapped around the rivals to the north, and many made the argument that his success against Lincecum last year was a large component of his eventual Cy Young Award victory.

Kershaw’s twelve career starts against San Francisco show a pattern of success:

Rk Date Rslt IP H R ER BB SO HR Pit GSc 2B 3B
1 2011-09-20 W 2-1 7.1 6 1 1 2 6 1 115 66 1 0
2 2011-09-09 W 2-1 8.0 3 1 0 1 9 0 111 82 0 0
3 2011-07-20 W 1-0 8.0 3 0 0 1 12 0 112 87 0 0
4 2011-05-18 L 5-8 5.0 7 4 4 1 6 0 85 42 0 0
5 2011-04-11 W 6-1 6.2 6 0 0 2 7 0 117 67 0 0
6 2011-03-31 W 2-1 7.0 4 0 0 1 9 0 96 77 0 0
7 2010-09-14 W 1-0 9.0 4 0 0 0 4 0 111 83 1 0
8 2010-08-01 L 0-2 7.0 6 2 2 4 6 0 117 59 2 1
9 2010-07-20 L 5-7 6.0 4 4 2 2 6 0 104 56 2 0
10 2010-04-18 W 2-1 7.0 4 1 1 4 9 1 114 70 1 0
11 2009-04-15 W 5-4 7.0 1 1 1 1 13 1 105 83 0 0

In 79 career innings against San Francisco, Kershaw has allowed just 50 hits to go with an 87/20 K/BB mark. Filthy. He’ll be backed up by the Opening Day lineup, as the Dodgers opt to not give Matt Kemp the chance to rest his sore hamstring.

Giants
Dodgers
CF
Pagan
SS
Gordon
2B
Theriot
2B
M.Ellis
RF
Cabrera
CF
Kemp
C
Posey
RF
Ethier
LF
Pill
LF
Rivera
3B
Arias
1B
Loney
1B
Belt
3B
Uribe
SS
Crawford
C
A.Ellis
P
Vogelsong
P
Kershaw

 

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