The Los Angeles Dodgers needed to bounce back on Aug. 26, which is a rare thing for them lately. But after the Dodgers suffered a rare two-game losing streak to the Boston Red Sox, they were fortunate to face the lowly Chicago Cubs. However, Los Angeles was extra fortunate because it could start that series with the two most dominant pitchers in baseball at the moment.
Clayton Kershaw’s unhittable talents have been clear for years. Yet the Dodgers hoped that acquiring former Cy Young winner Zack Greinke would give them the mound’s most dynamic duo. It certainly seems to look that way now, as Kershaw has a 1.72 ERA and Greinke improved to 13-3 with a near shutout on Aug. 26.
Greinke was one two out, ninth inning double away from completing a 6-0 victory, but settled for going 8 2-3 innings in a 6-2 win. Not only did he snap the Dodgers’ losing streak, he set the bar for Kershaw to top it with his start on Aug. 27.
As long as Kershaw and Greinke are starting back-to-back like this, the Dodgers will have a huge advantage to start any postseason series. Should this pave the way to a pennant or World Series crown, it will be clear that this is the best starting pitching duo in all of baseball, if it isn’t already.
Until then, here is a list of challengers to Kershaw and Greinke’s potential throne at the moment.