Yup, Kershaw is back after spending nearly two and a half months on the disabled list with a lower back injury. He’s made two starts since coming off of the DL, but has logged eight innings in total. They’ve been quality innings, as he’s yielded two runs on six hits with no walks and 10 strikeouts. Unsurprisingly, Kershaw will be on a pitch count of 90 to 100. Prior to the injury, Kershaw seemed like a lock for the National League Cy Young Award, carrying a 1.79 ERA with a 145/9 K/BB ratio in 121 innings following his June 26 start against the Pirates.
Bumgarner was also in the Cy Young conversation, but Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks has really pulled away from the pack and is currently the favorite. Bumgarner owns a 14-9 record with a 2.66 ERA and a 231/52 K/BB ratio in 206 1/3 innings. The ERA is fourth among qualified starters, trailing Hendricks, Jon Lester, and Noah Syndergaard.
Monday night will be the 10th time Kerhsaw and Bumgarner have matched up against each other. The Giants have won five of the nine past matchups.
Something to watch out for: Bumgarner has 14 career home runs. Two of them have come against Kershaw.
The rest of Monday’s action…
Atlanta Braves (Aaron Blair) @ New York Mets (Noah Syndergaard), 7:10 PM EDT
Houston Astros (Brad Peacock) @ Oakland Athletics (Jharel Cotton), 10:05 PM EDT
San Francisco Giants (Madison Bumgarner) @ Los Angeles Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw), 10:10 PM EDT