Major League Baseball’s 13th matchup between three-time Cy Young Award winners will take place Friday evening at Dodger Stadium, thanks to Rich Hill’s finger injury.
Hill was scheduled to pitch for the Dodgers Friday evening against Washington right-hander Max Scherzer, but was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday because of what the team described as left third digit inflammation.
Clayton Kershaw, who had been scheduled to pitch for the Dodgers Saturday, had his start moved up a day. He will pitch on his customary five days rest.
Kershaw won the National League Cy Young Award in 2011, 2013 and 2014. Scherzer won the American League version in 2013, when he pitched for the Detroit Tigers, and the 2016 and 2017 National League versions pitching for the Nationals.
The award was first presented in 1956 when it honored the best pitcher in all of Major League Baseball. Separate awards for each league have been presented since 1967.
The last time two three-time Cy Young Award winners faced each other was on July 19, 2006 when Houston’s Roger Clemens shut out the Chicago Cubs over six innings, limiting them to three hits in a 4-2 victory when Greg Maddux took the loss.
Kershaw has started against Scherzer twice before, with the Dodgers winning both games.
The first matchup came on Sept. 7 2008, when both were rookies, with Scherzer then a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Dodgers won 5-3, but neither pitcher figured in the decision.
The other time they started against each other was in Game 1 of a National League Division Series in 2016 when the Dodgers won 4-3. Kershaw was the winning pitcher and Scherzer the loser.
Kershaw is 1-2 in four starts this season, but his 1.73 ERA is seventh-best in the National League. Scherzer is 3-1 with a 1.33 ERA, third in the league. Scherzer leads the league with 38 strikeouts, while Kershaw is fifth with 31.