Right-handed hitters have no edge when facing Clayton Kershaw of late.Clayton Kershaw carries a 36-inning scoreless streak into his start Thursday against the Padres. The Elias Sports Bureau notes that it’s the longest single-season streak by any starter since Brandon Webb in 2007 (42 straight) and the third-longest by a Dodgers pitcher since the team moved to Los Angeles in 1958.
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Here are 10 "Wow!" facts on Kershaw's streak.
• Kershaw is holding opponents to a .318 OPS (.130/.164/.154) during the streak. For reference, major-league pitchers have a .306 OPS at the plate this season, so essentially Kershaw has turned every hitter into a pitcher.
• Kershaw has faced 17 batters with runners in scoring position and none of them have hit the ball out of the infield.
• Only three of the 129 batters Kershaw has faced have reached third base. Two of those three got on base as a result of an error. Kershaw would strike out two of the three batters he faced with a runner on third.
• Kershaw has retired the leadoff batter in 31 of 36 innings (86 percent). The MLB average is 69 percent.
• Eighteen of the 36 innings have been perfect (i.e. hitters retired 1-2-3). The MLB average is 37 percent.
• Only 30 of the 129 batters Kershaw has faced has put the ball in the air during the streak (23 percent). The MLB average is 38 percent.
• The Dodgers have had a lead for 31 of Kershaw’s 36 scoreless innings. They’ve scored in the first inning in three of Kershaw’s four starts since the streak began.
• Opponents are 5-for-64 (.078) with 38 strikeouts in at-bats ending with a Kershaw breaking ball. They’ve put 26 balls in play against those pitches and only two have been classified as hard-hit, according to video tracking.
• Only 13 of the 129 batters Kershaw has faced has seen a 2-0 or 3-1 count (10 percent). Only three of those 13 batters would reach base (.231). The average OBP in those situations is .512.
• Opponents are 5-for-67 (.075) against Kershaw with two strikes. He’s struck out 63 percent of the batters he’s taken to a two-strike count during the streak (MLB average is 40 percent).