After spinning his second consecutive complete game Thursday night and his third in the month of July, there is no getting around the brilliance of Clayton Kershaw. And the ridiculous two month roll the Los Angeles Dodgers ace on is inarguably one of the best in baseball history. Don’t believe me? A breakdown follows.
In six June starts Kershaw threw 44 innings, allowed just 26 hits, four runs and two home runs, while striking out 61 and walking just four (!!!!) batters. He went seven or more innings in every start but one, in which he went five, but he still got credit for a complete game because it was called early due to rain. He finished the month with a 0.82 ERA and a 0.68 WHIP, and also tossed a no-hitter some are calling the best game ever pitched.
He was just getting started.
In July Kershaw made five starts, and compiled a 4-0 record. He had three complete games (one shutout) and went seven innings and eight in his other two starts. He pitched 42 total innings, allowed 23 hits, five runs, two home runs and struck out 43 batters while walking just four. He finished July with a 1.07 ERA and a 0.64 WHIP.
So in the past two months Kershaw is 10-0, has pitched 86 innings, allowed 49 hits, nine runs, four home runs, has four complete games, two shutouts, one no-hitter and has struck out 104 batters while walking only eight. In that time Kershaw’s ERA was 0.94 and his WHIP was 0.66. Those aren’t even video game numbers, since your PS3 would explode if you dominated MLB 14 The Show like that.
The 26-year-old Texan isn’t finished either, since he actually looks like he’s getting stronger as the season goes along. He’s now 13-2 on the season and his ERA has dropped to 1.71, while his WHIP is a ridiculous 0.82 in his 17 starts. Despite missing a few turns in the rotation with a shoulder injury, he is fourth in the National League in strikeouts with 150 and has only walked 15 batters all season.
Kershaw’s starts have become must-watch baseball and you should definitely be tuning in every chance you get. We could be witnessing one of the best pitchers in the history of the game do his thing.