Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Dodger Stadium on July 31, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
Clayton Kershaw is hoarding NL Pitcher of the Month Awards in case the world comes to an end.
He picked up his second straight award for July, in further showing he owns the league. He’s also the first Dodger pitcher to do that since April-May 1975 when Hall of Famer Don Sutton did it.
Kershaw now has four. He won the honor in 2011, 2013 and in June. Looks like he decided to win this latest one to make up for the gap in 2012.
The stats, of course, are impressive: 4-0 record, NL best 1.07 ERA, three complete games, opposing hitters had a .165 AVG, he struck out 43 batters in 42 innings and walk only four. And, his last three starts came against the St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants and Atlanta Braves, three teams they could face in the playoffs.
I hope Kershaw has mantle space left, because we’ve still got two months left in the season.