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With seven shutout frames against the Padres, Clayton Kershaw lowers ERA to 1.88

Sep 21, 2013, 11:55 PM EDT

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Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw was nearly unhittable as usual tonight against the Padres, blanking them over seven innings of work. The lefty allowed just three hits and walked two while striking out ten, improving to 15-9 and lowering his ERA to 1.88. Not that Kershaw needed to do anything else to ensure that the NL Cy Young award is his.

The outing is Kershaw’s fourth double-digit strikeout game of the season. It was also the ninth time in 32 starts that he threw at least seven shutout innings. The last came on August 22 against the Marlins.

Also of note in tonight’s game: Yasiel Puig hit a tape-measure shot to center, over the batter’s eye at Petco Park. As MLB has been unhelpful with embedding videos lately, you can click here to watch the tater.

The Dodgers wrapped up the NL West title yesterday, but are still competing for home-field advantage in the National League. Tonight’s win, their 89th, leaves them two games behind the Braves and Cardinals with seven games left in the season.

  1. khmerson562 - Sep 22, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Stud, $200M+ man.

  2. mc1439 - Sep 22, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    It’s just fucking cool that he is so good.

    • shawnuel - Sep 22, 2013 at 1:17 AM

      Especially considering he may be the nicest, highest character guy in baseball

  3. janessa31888 - Sep 22, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    Good job, Almost Birthday Buddy!!!

  4. cohnjusack - Sep 22, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    Yeah, but he only has 15 wins. He clearly just doesn’t know how to win as well as Jordan Zimmerman.

    • yahmule - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:12 AM

      Zimmermann is a perfect example of how the win stat can be fickle. He’s having a fine season, but he’s really not pitching any better than the last two years when he went 12-8 and 8-11.

    • raysfan1 - Sep 22, 2013 at 11:17 AM

      Here, let me help those without a functioning sarcasm font:

      Cohnjusack was being sarcastic. Nobody who actually understands statistics, and he does, seriously thinks Zimmerman is having a better year than Kershaw.

      • yahmule - Sep 22, 2013 at 12:44 PM

        Here, let me help people unable to determine when someone is merely amplifying a previous poster’s comments, not contesting them, so they respond in a stupidly condescending manner:

        GFY, pedantic asshole.

      • yahmule - Sep 22, 2013 at 1:00 PM

        Raysfan, maybe you were responding to the people down thumbing cohnjusack, not me directly. Either way, my reply was over the top. My apologies. Kind of having a shit morning.

      • raysfan1 - Sep 22, 2013 at 1:43 PM


        Yes, I was referring to the rash of down-thumpers and not you specifically. I also wasn’t be overly serious, no offense intended.

        Apology accepted. No hard feelings, and hope your day improves. Really.

  5. MyTeamsAllStink - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    he “only” has 15 wins because in a few of his starts he got literally no run support.He’d easily be flirting with 20 wins had the Dodger offense showed up.

  6. louhudson23 - Sep 22, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    So am I allowed to be impressed with a 1.88 ERA or not?

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