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Game #133: Diamondbacks vs. Dodgers

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Clayton Kershaw starts for the Dod.... Hey, where you going? Come back! We still might win, y'know!

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Clayton Kershaw
LHP, 15-3, 1.82
Wade Miley
LHP, 7-9, 4.29
Dee Gordon - 2B Ender Inciarte - CF
Yasiel Puig - CF Cliff Pennington - 3B
Matt Kemp - RF Aaron Hill - 2B
Hanley Ramirez - SS Mark Trumbo - LF
Scott Van Slyke - LF Alfredo Marte - RF
Justin Turner - 1B Jordan Pacheco - 1B
A.J. Ellis - C Tuffy Gosewisch - C
Miguel Rojas - 3B Didi Gregorius - SS
Clayton Kershaw - LHP Wade Miley - LHP

Kerhaw is the only qualifying pitcher since Roger Clemens in 2005 to have an ERA under two: he did it last season, and he is on course to do it again this year, with his current ERA a tick under 2013's. What's even more amazing is, if you cross off the insanity that was his last start at Chase Field, his ERA would be 1.42. There hasn't be a qualifying player with an ERA that low since Bob Gibson in 1968, and that helped lead to the pitching mound being lowered. Since that trip into The Twilight Zone, Kershaw has made 17 starts, gone 13-2 with a 1.37 ERA and owned a K:BB ratio of 156:18, holding opposing batters to a .470 OPS.

Yeah, it's kinda clear to me why Ross sent me an email last night to say he wasn't able to do tonight's recap. Mind you, I seem to recall imstillhungry95 dipped his hand in boiling fat to escape a recap the previous time Kershaw pitched at Chase Field, and that worked out pretty well. If you'd forgotten, Kershaw didn't get through two innings, gave up seven runs and the Diamondbacks romped away to an 18-7 victory. I am not quite expecting a repeat performance this evening. Frankly, I'll be running round the living-room with my shirt pulled over my head, imitating the downing of beer, if we manage to avoid being no-hit. St. Penelope is already stretching...