By Jon Weisman
There’s the list, the list of the seven times in the 2016 baseball season any of the 414 batters Clayton Kershaw has faced managed to get a base on balls.
They haven’t come in consecutive starts since the first week of the campaign. At his stingiest, Kershaw walked one person (David Wright) in a 156-batter, 33-day stretch.
None of them have scored, with two reaching scoring position.
It’s true that Kershaw could do worse than walk the leadoff hitter today. In his last start at Pittsburgh, on August 7, he allowed a first-pitch home run to Gregory Polanco, ending Kershaw’s 37-inning scoreless streak.
Kershaw allowed four runs in that game, one of seven straight the Dodgers have lost in Pittsburgh, with the Pirates scoring 56 runs (eight per game) during the run.