Kershaw has uncharacteristically struggled in his first seven starts this season, posting a 4.26 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in 44⅓ innings. He does, however, have a 2.89 FIP and 56 strikeouts against just 11 walks, so regression to the mean should be coming.
This will be Kershaw's third start against the Rockies this season, the second at Dodger Stadium. In his first start against the Rockies in Los Angeles, Kershaw allowed three runs, one earned, on six hits in six innings, walking one and striking out 12 in a 7-3 Dodgers win.
The Rockies have loaded up on the right-handed bats against the southpaw Kershaw, with Wilin Rosario playing first base in place of Justin Morneau and batting cleanup and Drew Stubbs batting seventh and playing center field, shifting Charlie Blackmon to left field.
Rookie Eddie Butler takes the mound for the 10th start of his career and, amazingly, his fifth against the Dodgers. In his two previous starts at Dodger Stadium, Butler has allowed seven runs in 9⅔ innings, walking four and striking out four. He has a 3.73 ERA in his first six starts this season.
(Note: If you had Eddie Butler with more wins and a better ERA than Clayton Kershaw on May 15, please tomorrow night's lottery numbers in the comments.)
The Dodgers will make just one lineup change from last night, with Justin Turner getting the start at first base in place of Juan Uribe.
First pitch is at 8:10 p.m. Mountain time.