Apr 8, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) delivers a pitch in the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke were teammates for three seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but they’ll be facing each other on Friday night.

For his part, Kershaw isn’t looking forward to it.

“I don’t really look forward to it,” Kershaw said, via ESPN. “You almost just try to block it out. It’s not fun to pitch to people that you know. I’m not good at separating that. I think I’m just going to have to really focus and think about it like he’s another guy, and then, the next day I can talk to him.

“Guys that you became pretty good buddies with — it’s not easy for me. I wouldn’t say I’m not looking forward to it, but I’m definitely going to have to block it out a little bit.”

Greinke, on the other hand, is very much looking forward to facing his old pal.

“I’ve been wanting to face him, just to see how nasty he is,” Greinke said. “He does do everything as perfect as you would want your pitcher to do — great mindset, great work ethic. I learned more about that than the actual pitching part of it. He’s pretty special.”

Greinke does love to hit, and hitting against a buddy of his will definitely appeal to him. Kershaw clearly doesn’t feel the same.

25 SLIDES
Longest MLB hitting streaks ever
QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher to strike out 300 batters in a season

An MLB flamethrower has punched out 300 or more batters in a season since 1901 only 34 times. How many can you name?

Year, K’s and Team provided as clues.

Note: Some repeat offenders. TOT means a pitcher played for 2 or more teams that season.

Score:
0/34
Time:
4:00
383-1973-CAL
Nolan Ryan
382-1965-LAD
Sandy Koufax
372-2001-ARI
Randy Johnson
367-1974-CAL
Nolan Ryan
364-1999-ARI
Randy Johnson
349-1904-PHA
Rube Waddell
348-1946-CLE
Bob Feller
347-2000-ARI
Randy Johnson
341-1977-CAL
Nolan Ryan
334-2002-ARI
Randy Johnson
329-1998-TOT
Randy Johnson
329-1972-CAL
Nolan Ryan
327-1976-CAL
Nolan Ryan
325-1965-CLE
Sam McDowell
319-1997-PHI
Curt Schilling
317-1966-LAD
Sandy Koufax
316-2002-ARI
Curt Schilling
313-1999-BOS
Pedro Martinez
313-1979-HOU
J.R. Richard
313-1910-WSH
Walter Johnson
310-1972-PHI
Steve Carlton
308-1993-SEA
Randy Johnson
308-1971-DET
Mickey Lolich
306-1986-HOU
Mike Scott
306-1963-LAD
Sandy Koufax
305-1997-MON
Pedro Martinez
304-1970-CLE
Sam McDowell
303-1978-HOU
J.R. Richard
303-1912-WSH
Walter Johnson
302-1903-PHA
Rube Waddell
301-2015-LAD
Clayton Kershaw
301-1989-TEX
Nolan Ryan
301-1971-OAK
Vida Blue
300-1998-PHI
Curt Schilling

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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