Kershaw vs. Hamels in Game 1
Kershaw is 0-3 with a 6.45 ERA (16 earned runs in 22 1/3 innings) in four starts and two postseason relief appearances in his career against the Phillies. He is 0-2 with a 5.23 ERA in two starts against the Phillies this season.
“That was a long time ago,” said Kershaw, asked about this season’s struggles against the Phillies. “I think I’ve gotten better since then. I think I’ve figured some stuff out from the beginning of the season to now, and there’s a lot of stuff obviously I have to change from those starts. But nothing specific or nothing that I can pinpoint, it’s just go out there and pitch the way that I’ve been pitching the past couple times out and don’t worry about what’s happened in the past. I think that’s the most important thing for me.”
Here are Kershaw’s regular-season splits against the Phillies: Jimmy Rollins .273 (3-for-11, one double, one RBI, one hit by pitch); Shane Victorino .125 (1-for-8, one RBI, two strikeouts); Chase Utley .300 (3-for-10, one double, one home run, one RBI, two walks, four strikeouts); Ryan Howard .125 (1-for-8, one double, three RBIs, three walks, three strikeouts, one sacrifice fly); Jayson Werth .300 (3-for-10, one walk, two strikeouts); Raul Ibanez .400 (2-for-5, one double, two walks); Pedro Feliz .500 (2-for-4, one double, two walks); Carlos Ruiz .000 (0-for-2, two walks, one strikeout) and Ben Francisco .000 (0-for-2, one walk).
Hamels has fared better against the Dodgers. He threw a shutout against them at Dodger Stadium on June 4. He went 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA in two starts against them in last year’s NLCS to earn series MVP honors. He is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in four career regular-season starts against them.
Got to LA in one piece yesterday. Stayed Monday night near the Denver airport, which I’m pretty sure is somewhere in Nebraska. Flew to LA. Got stuck in traffic on the 110. Got some In-N-Out. Did laundry. Took a NyQuil and went to bed.