Two National League powerhouses wrap up a three-game set on Wednesday in Los Angeles as the Dodgers host the Washington Nationals. On their best days, either of these starting pitchers can make any lineup in the majors look foolish.
The Dodgers will go with Clayton Kershaw, who is a three-time Cy Young winner and the defending MVP. He saw his scoreless-innings streak snapped at 37 innings in his last outing. However, he returns home where he’ 6-2 in 10 starts this season with an ERA of 1.66. Batters are hitting just .188 off him in those outings. The Nationals counter with Jordan Zimmermann, who is 0-2 in his last five starts, although he has had some bad luck over that time. Zimmermann has been erratic on the road this season, going 4-4 in 10 starts with an ERA of 4.95, which is more than two runs higher than his ERA at home.
What's more is that Kershaw has had his way with the Nationals throughout his career, going 8-2 in 12 games (11 starts) with an ERA of 2.31. That includes the July 18 outing where Kershaw tossed eight shutout innings of three-hit ball, striking out a season-high 14 batters in a 4-2 win on the road in Washington.