Dodgers at Giants, 7:15PM PT, TV: SPNLA, NBC Bay Area
This game pits last year’s regular season MVP Kershaw against last year’s World Series MVP Bumgarner. How about that? Apparently this is the first time in MLB history that’s ever happened.
This marks the fourth time in their careers that Bumgarner and Kershaw have faced off and the first since Sept. 13, 2013. The Giants are 2-1 in those contests, but Kershaw has better numbers (2.08 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 21 2/3 innings) compared to Bumgarner, who has a 3.32 ERA and 19 punchouts in 19 innings.
Not only that, but they hit against each other. Kershaw’s 3 for 5 against Bumgarner, while Bumgarner is only 1 for 7 with 4 Ks, but that’s partly because Kershaw bears down against him: “He’s country strong, as they say.”
Neither guy has started off his season as well as he pitched last year, but that can’t last.
In other news, the Dodgers optioned LHP Adam Liberatore to OKC and recalled OF Chris Heisey from there.
Lineup when available.
Tonight's #Dodgers lineup vs. the Giants: Rollins SS Turner 1B Puig RF Kendrick 2B Van Slyke LF Heisey CF Uribe 3B Ellis C Kershaw P
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 22, 2015