After arriving in St. Louis for a three-game series, Los Angeles Dodger ace Clayton Kershaw appeared on the Dan Patrick Show to discuss many topics ranging from his baby daughter to his performance on the mound.
Since facing Madison Bumgarner, the 2014 World Series MVP, twice this season, Kershaw stated that he has a clear preference on whether he would like to face another great ace or a great lineup:
Oh I’ll face a great pitcher against a mediocre lineup all day. Every team can take advantage if you are not focused. If you’re facing a great pitcher, I have confidence in our team to score some runs.”
Although Kershaw has not beaten the San Francisco Giants this season, he has not pitched poorly against them. In his first two starts against the Dodgers’ rival, Kershaw allowed just two runs in each outing. The first was loss by a score of 3-2 and the second by a score of 2-1.
The left-hander even had some high praise for his fellow pitchers throughout the Majors when asked who he enjoys watching:
There’s so many right now. I guess any guy with the Mets, Garret Cole with the Pirates, anyone on the Nationals, Max Scherzer is amazing right now. Jon Lester. There’s so many guys.
Kershaw’s ability to study the game certainly paid off last season, as he won both the National League Cy Young award as well as the MVP award.
Although his performance in the beginning of the 2015 season was not at all how he performed last year, the Dodgers ace showed glimpses of his dominance in his last start against the Atlanta Braves. In seven innings, Kershaw allowed just four hits and no walks as he struck out 10.