St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Kyle McClellan throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of their baseball game in San Francisco, Monday, April, 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) By Eric Risberg
The St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers are sending two of their most effective pitchers in 2011 to the mound tonight at 9:10 in Los Angeles. On paper, the game appears it will be full of swings-and-misses with Kyle McClellan and Clayton Kershaw taking the mound.
Kyle McClellan has made a smooth transition from bullpen to the starting rotation. The right-hander has allowed only three earned runs in 12 innings pitched this season. The Florissant-native pitcher will look to curtail the walks given to the opposing hitters. He walked four batters in six innings in the 8-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday. He has thrown 95 pitches in each of his first two outings.
LHP Clayton Kershaw (2-1, 1.37 ERA)
Clayton Kershaw has been compared to Sandy Koufax since arriving to the Majors. The left-hander has lived up to the hype so far in 2011 posting 24 strikeouts through 19.2 innings pitched. The 23-year-old has already beaten the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants twice this season. He is 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA in his six starts against the Cardinals.