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LHP Clayton Kershaw picked up his third win of the season when he allowed just two hits with eight strikeouts and two walks over six innings in the Dodgers 2-0 win over the Padres on Saturday.
Kershaw was locked in on Saturday, limiting the powerful San Diego offense to just two hits and a pair of walks over his six innings of work. He even helped his own cause by drawing a bases-loaded walk against Yu Darvish in the top of the fifth inning to score the game's first run. After a disastrous first outing in Colorado to start the year, Kershaw has allowed just one earned run over his last 19 innings. He now owns a 2.19 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 24:3 K/BB ratio over 24 2/3 innings (four starts). He draws the Padres again, at home, in his next turn.
LHP Clayton Kershaw earned his second win of the season on Sunday when he held the Nationals to five hits and no runs with six punchouts over six innings in a 3-0 win.
This was a vintage Kershaw start, scattering five hits and issuing no free passes. He picked up his second straight quality start and win and now owns a 2.89 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 16:1 K/BB ratio over 18 2/3 innings. He'll get division rival, San Diego, on the road in his next turn.
Clayton Kershaw picked up the win on Tuesday when he allowed just one run on four hits with eight strikeouts and no walks over seven innings in the Dodgers 5-1 win over the A's.
This was a vintage Kershaw performance and he looked to be in control from the start, pretty much. His only real mistake was surrendering an RBI double to Ramon Laureano in the first inning but the A's would do nothing else for the rest of the game. This was a great bounce back game from the veteran southpaw, who gave up five earned runs in an Opening Day loss to the Rockies. The Dodgers have not lost since then as their record sits at 5-1. They'll look to sweep the three-game series with Oakland on Wednesday and Kershaw will look to build on this performance when he faces the Rockies at home in his next turn.
Clayton Kershaw took the loss on Thursday when he surrendered six runs (five earned) on 10 hits while striking out a pair and walking one over 5 2/3 innings in the Dodgers 8-5 loss to the Rockies.
Only one of the 10 hits Kershaw allowed went for extra bases as the Rockies played small ball and singled him to death. He only fired off 77 pitches, 55 of which were strikes, but punched out just two batters. It ended up being a tough luck loss for Kershaw as the Dodgers had a chance to steal the game in the ninth inning but fell short. He should fare better in his start when he gets the A's in Oakland.
For the ninth time in 11 years, the Dodgers have named southpaw Clayton Kershaw as their Opening Day starter.
The former MVP, three-time Cy Young award winner, and eight-time All-Star received Opening Day nods for eight consecutive years from 2011 to 2018. He missed out on the job in 2019 and 2020 due to injury but is set to return to the role this April. Kershaw posted a 2.16 ERA in 2020 and received Cy Young votes for the ninth time in 10 years. A true ace, Kershaw was a no-brainer to start Los Angeles' game No. 1, though some wondered if Walker Buehler would receive consideration. Kershaw ranks 31st in the latest expert consensus draft rankings and should continue to mow down opposing batters once again this season.