Los Angeles Dodgers@ Atlanta Braves
Thursday, 10/3 8:37 PM ET
Clayton Kershaw, LHP (16-9, 1.83 ERA)vsKris Medlen, RHP (15-12, 3.11 ERA)
News: Making his final start of the regular season, Kershaw earned his 16th win after he tossed six scoreless innings, allowing just four hits with no walks and eight strikeouts against the Rockies on Friday. (Sat Sep 28). Kershaw is the odds-on favorite for the NL Cy Young Award once again, as he finishes the year with a 1.83 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 232 strikeouts over 236 innings. The left-hander joined Houston's Roger Clemens (1.87) and Boston's Pedro Martinez (1.74) as the only qualifying pitchers since 2000 to post an ERA under 2.00. Kershaw is the first Dodgers pitcher to do so since Sandy Koufax had a 1.73 ERA in 1966.
Medlen was magnificent as he tossed eight inning of shutout baseball against the Phillies on Friday night. He allowed two hits, walked two, and struck out seven. (Fri Sep 27). He ends the regular season 15-12 with a 3.11 ERA and appears to be in line to start in the Braves first playoff game. He had some rough patches this year, but he ends it with a flourish, and has given plenty of reason to look forward to next year.