When: Friday, April 27, at 10:10 p.m. ET
Where: Los Angeles
A 1-0 record after four starts probably isn't what Clayton Kershaw had envisioned.
Despite winning just one game, Kershaw has pitched well, posting a 1.61 ERA in 22.1 innings pitched.
He'd likely be 2-0 right now if he wasn't sick for the season opener, when he went just three innings on April 5 against the San Diego Padres.
Kershaw earned his first win of the season against the Houston Astros on April 21, throwing seven innings of shutout, three-hit baseball while striking out nine.
The 2011 NL Cy Young award winner always puts on a good show, and it should be fun watching him do battle with the 14-4 Nationals.
On the other side is a guy you may have never heard of in Ross Detwiler.
He started 10 games for the Nationals in 2011, going 4-5, but he posted a 3.00 ERA and 1.26 WHIP, making his 2012 performance not much of a shock.
Now in his fifth year as a starter, Detwiler appears to be hitting his stride—though he hasn't gone more than six innings in any of his three starts this season, he's given up just 11 hits and one earned run in 16 innings, making his ERA just 0.56.
In his last outing against the Miami Marlins on April 20, Detwiler was impressive, going six shutout innings, while striking out seven and walking one.
My prediction: After his last outing, Kershaw is beginning to heat up, and he's going to carry that into this start. Kershaw strikes out at least seven and earns his second victory of the season.