One of the best parts of being a National league fan has to be the opportunity to watch pitchers hit. For me, it makes the game far more competitive than just throwing a big bat out into the middle of the lineup on any given day. Watching the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw get the chance to hit is one of those special opportunities provided by the National League.
Making an appearance on SportsNet News this week, Kershaw revealed the one guy that he would like to hit a home run off of. His answer should come as no surprise to Dodgers fans.
Hitting a home run would be more important for sure. I’m probably gonna say Bumgarner just because he’s already hit two off of me, so I definitely owe him one at least.
In 23 career at-bats against Clayton Kershaw, Madison Bumgarner as gone deep twice. He has also has three additional base hits and 13 strikeouts. The Dodgers’ lefty has yet to take Bumgarner deep in his career, accumulating four hits of his own in 23 at-bats.
— Kelvin Washington (@Kdubblive) May 7, 2020
Now, playing with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Kershaw will once again get the chance to take his hacks against MadBum. And to be honest, I don’t think fans could be happier about Kershaw’s answer. Kershaw and Bumgarner are known to be friends, even though Los Angeles fans have grown to hate the man so much.
Whatever the case, it should be another great year of duels between the two southpaws. Kershaw has just one homerun in his career, which came on Opening Day in 2013. Kershaw pitched a complete game shutout in that game against the San Francisco Giants after Matt Cain pitched six scoreless innings.