The legend we knew back then, Clayton Kershaw (35, LA Dodgers), is back.
Kershaw started the game against the St. Louis Cardinals in the ‘2023 Major League’ held at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, USA on the 30th (Korean time) and pitched in 7 innings, 2 hits, 4 walks, 9 strikeouts, no runs, and won 5 wins (1 loss) in the season. ) took care of it. The Dodgers won 1-0.
Kershaw’s 메이저놀이터pitching was outstanding enough to make the 1-point difference seem generous. He had 68 strikes while holding on to just 88 pitches through 7 innings. The St. Louis batting line was ranked first in the major leagues with a batting average of 0.321 against left-handed pitchers before the game, but they were helpless in front of Kershaw.
According to Sarah Reims of MLB.com, Kershaw has been named the second-most pitcher since 1901 with “seven or more innings, two hits or fewer, no four walks.” He has achieved a total of 8 times so far. He ranks first all-time for Roy Halladay with 11 hits.
Kershaw was also named as the pitcher with “less than 3 hits in 7 or more innings” in the 4th most games since 1900. Kershaw tied for fourth with Tom Seaver on 66 occasions. 1st place is Nolan Ryan (134 games), 2nd place is Roger Clemens (80 games), and 3rd place is Randy Johnson (78 games).
He was also just two games away from being named the pitcher with the most scoreless innings of seven or more innings for the Dodgers since 1900. The all-time leader is Don Sutton with 63 games, followed by Kershaw with 62 games.
I thought I would never see Kershaw again, who had spent the season with 200 innings and an ERA of 1-2 points. Kershaw has grown into the league’s best ace in earnest since 2010, and has been active as the face representing the Dodgers for over 10 years. In 2014, he had the best year of his life by winning MVP and Cy Young Award at the same time with 27 wins, 3 losses, 198⅓ innings, and an average ERA of 1.77. Chewed up. In the 2011, 2013 and 2015 seasons, he boasted tremendous stamina, exceeding 230 innings.
Iron arm Kershaw could not go against the times. He only appeared in 22 games in the aftermath of injuries in two consecutive seasons in 2021 and 2022, and spent a considerable amount of time last year on the injured list due to a back injury.
The history of injuries also prevented Kershaw’s national team dreams. Kershaw hoped to participate in the ‘2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC)’ held in March, and the WBC official online shop even sold Kershaw’s US national team uniform, but was blocked by the insurance company. The WBC secretariat mandated major league players to purchase insurance in case they were injured during the tournament, but the insurance company concluded that it would not pay insurance money even if it was injured in the WBC based on Kershaw’s injury history, and automatically dropped from the national team.
When Kershaw failed to join the national team, he said, “I was really disappointed. I tried in many ways to compete, but it didn’t work out. It’s not that there was a problem for me,” he said, vowing to prove his health this season.
The promise has been kept well so far. Kershaw has been very active with 5 wins and 1 loss in 6 games this season, 38 innings, 41 strikeouts, an average ERA of 1.89, and a WHIP (number of runs allowed per inning) of 0.76. It is a pace that allows you to look at the personal 4th Cy Young Young. In the home game against the New York Mets on the 19th, he had the honor of achieving 200 wins in his personal career with 7 scoreless innings. As an active pitcher, he became the fourth player in history to surpass the 200-win mark.
Kershaw as well as the Dodgers welcome the return of the ‘legend we knew’. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts applauded after the game, saying, “Kershaw was the best for me from start to finish tonight (30th).