Dugout Report: Kershaw goes for 14th win and Pederson leads off against Colorado
Clayton Kershaw (13-6, 2.15 ERA) goes for his 14th win and Joc Pederson returns to the top of the order as the Dodgers open a three-game series with the Colorado Rockies on Monday.
Kershaw is 8-0 with a 0.96 ERA in his last 12 starts and has the fifth highest single-season strikeout total with 259 so far this year. He could move into fourth place, past Sandy Koufax’s 269 in 1961, with 11 whiffs on Monday.
Pederson is also chasing a bit of history. His 25 home runs are tied for the second most among Dodger rookies with Del Bissonette (1928) and trail the rookie record of 35 set by Mike Piazza in 1993. Pederson, whose average dropped to .212 at the end of August, has hit .306 through the first two weeks of September to bump his average up to .220.
Second baseman Chase Utley, who had hit safely in his last nine games, will bat second. He’s hitting .302 over the at stretch and .250 in his 18 games with the Dodgers.
Corey Seager starts again at shortstop and bats sixth as Jimmy Rollins continues to recover from a sprained right index finger.
The Dodgers are 9-4 against Colorado this year and 5-2 at Dodger Stadium. Right-hander Jon Gray (0-0, 5.17 ERA) starts for the Rockies.