Clayton Kershaw scratched by Dodgers, won’t face Phillies

Phillies catch a big break in series at Dodger Stadium originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

After winning the first of a four-game series at Dodger Stadium, the Phillies are catching a break.

Clayton Kershaw, originally scheduled to start Friday night, is instead going on the injured list with a lower back issue.

The Phils will face right-hander Walker Buehler Friday and lefty Julio Urias Sunday. The Dodgers haven’t yet named a starter for Saturday.

Kershaw is 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA, has a 1.36 ERA against the Phillies over the last eight seasons and has the lowest career ERA for any starting pitcher since Walter Johnson’s career ended in 1927. So this helps.

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Buehler is a tough customer in his own right so the benefit won’t be felt until Saturday. Buehler is 4-1 with a 1.96 ERA and has allowed one run in his last 21 innings. He hasn’t faced the Phillies since 2019.

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Kyle Gibson (3-1, 2.94) starts for the Phils, who are 3-1 so far on their seven-game road trip.

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