Monday night’s marquee matchup between the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw and the Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg is no more. Strasburg has been scratched from the start due to an upper back strain, Chase Hughes of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports. Yusmeiro Petit will make a spot start in his place.
Petit has made 17 appearances this season, all in relief, and has put up a 2.81 ERA with a 25/7 K/BB ratio in 32 innings.
This isn’t the first time Strasburg has dealt with back issues, but last year’s issue was a fibrolipoma (benign), which was surgically removed during the offseason. It’s worth noting that parts of Los Angeles County are under an excessive heat warning lasting until 8 PM PDT.
Strasburg owns a spotless 10-0 record with a 2.90 ERA and a 118/24 K/BB ratio in 93 innings over 14 starts this season.
Citing Elias, SportsTalk Live’s Rob Carlin notes that the Kershaw-Strasburg matchup would have been the second in baseball history — and the first in 116 years — featuring two pitchers with at least 10 wins and no more than one loss.