After Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg was scratched from Monday night’s start against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the attention was turned to the two most recent holders of the National League MVP award as Clayton Kershaw faced Washington slugger Bryce Harper.

The end result was the 2014 MVP striking out the 2015 MVP three times. Harper may have had a slash line of .330/.649/.460 in 2015, but his numbers are down to .255/.486/.404 in 2016. Monday night showed his vulnerability against one of the game’s elite.

Here is how Kershaw was able to fan one of the most feared hitters in baseball:

Harper now has a career batting average of .067 against Kershaw, which translates to one hit (a home run) in 15 appearances against the southpaw.

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(H/T: ESPN)

The next time Harper and Kershaw could cross paths may come when the Dodgers visit the nation’s capital for a three-game set July 19-21 as part of the team’s nine-game road trip following the All-Star break.

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