Kershaw has won nine straight decisions and owns a minuscule 0.96 ERA over his last 12 outings. On the plus side, the big guy allowed four runs in six innings in a no-decision at PNC Park on August 7th, the only one of Kershaw's last 14 starts that saw him allow more than one earned run. The game starts at 9:10 and will be on Root Sports and KDKA- AM 1020.
- Secret weapon? In their last seven games played against the Dodgers, the Pirates have hit 11 home runs. The Bucs went deep five times in the four-game series at Dodger Stadium in 2014.
- Since the start of the 2013 season, Clayton (.196) and Francisco (.222) rank first and second respectively in batting average against among MLB lefthanders.
- Big game - the Cubs beat the Cards 5-4 today in a beanball battle. The Bucco wild card lead is 1/2 game now. St. Louis is the first NL team to clinch a playoff berth even with the loss, as the Giants also went down.