Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw will go into Friday night with a 22-inning scoreless streak.
The Houston Astros have scored twice in their last 28 innings against him.
The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner has lost once in his last 20 home outings and will be heavily favored against the Astros in the opener of a three-game set.
Kershaw (4-1, 1.90 ERA) threw his first complete game of the season Saturday, yielding six hits and not issuing a walk over a season-high 117 pitches in a 6-0 victory over St. Louis.
He improved to 14-1 with a 1.50 ERA in his last 20 starts at home, and he hasn't yielded a run since giving up Brett Pill's two-run homer in the second inning of a 2-1 defeat to San Francisco on May 8. That remains Kershaw's only home loss in the 20-game run.
"It just gives us a ton of confidence in this clubhouse that when it's his day to pitch, he's going to give us an awesome chance to win the game," catcher A.J. Ellis said. "You know what you're getting with Kers...