Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw returns to the mound today as he puts his winning streak on the line versus the Braves as part of a full slate of games streaming live on MLB.TV.Kershaw is in the midst of an incredible run of victories in eight consecutive starts while recording a
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw returns to the mound today as he puts his winning streak on the line versus the Braves as part of a full slate of games streaming live on MLB.TV.
Kershaw is in the midst of an incredible run of victories in eight consecutive starts while recording a 1.76 ERA and racking up 74 strikeouts in 56 1/3 innings pitched over that span. The most dominant left-hander in the game hasn't lost since May 1 against the Giants.
We've become accustomed to expecting greatness from Kershaw each time he toes the rubber and yet he still seems to exceed expectations.
The 29-year-old seeks his 16th win during his 21st outing when he takes the mound against Sean Newcomb (1-5, 4.86) and the Braves today at Dodger Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 4:10 p.m. ET.
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Here's what else to watch for throughout the day (all times in ET):
Duel in the desert: WSH@ARI, 4:10 p.m.
The Nationals' Stephen Strasburg and the D-backs' Robbie Ray go head-to-head at Chase Field in what has the makings of a premier pitching matchup between two thriving National League clubs.
Strasburg will try to build on a magnificent first start of the second half against the Reds during which he twirled seven innings of one-run ball and struck out 11 for his 10th win of the year.
Ray's opening outing of the second half also resulted in a victory over Cincinnati as he allowed two runs in six innings and cruised to an 11-2 win.
Quintana's encore: STL@CHC, 8:05 p.m., ESPN
Jose Quintana's Cubs debut could not have gone much better as the left-hander, acquired days prior in a blockbuster deal with the White Sox, stymied the Orioles' offense with seven scoreless innings, 12 strikeouts and no walks.
The 28-year-old will attempt to replicate the initial success with his new club as he faces the Cardinals and Michael Wacha in the final game of the day. Wacha gets the ball on the heels of his best outing of the year, a nine-inning shutout of the Mets.
Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter at @OMacklinMLB.