2014 Fantasy Baseball: Breaking Down Clayton Kershaw’s Winning Streak

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Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

There is no doubting that Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw is the best arm in fantasy baseball. He has already won two NL Cy Young Awards and the super southpaw is well on his way to winning a third.

Shockingly, though, Kershaw has been even more dominant over the past few months. The fireballer has now won 11 straight decisions (13 starts) and the 26-year-old hasn’t lost a start since May 28. It has truly been a dream run for Kershaw this summer.

Let’s take a look at Kershaw’s winning-streak:

Game 1: 8 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 9 K’s (W)

Game 2: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K’s (W)*

Game 3: 7 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K’s (W)

Game 4: 9 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 15 K’s (W)

Game 5: 8 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K’s (W)

Game 6: 7 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 13 K’s (W)

Game 7: 8 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K’s (W)

Game 8: 9 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 11 K’s (W)

Game 9: 7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K’s (ND)

Game 10: 9 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K’s (W)

Game 11: 9 IP, 9 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K’s (W)

Game 12: 7 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K’s (ND)

Game 13: 8 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K’s (W)

* – Start shortened due to weather

Over this stretch, Kershaw has thrown four complete games, including two complete game shutouts. He has a sizzling 1.16 ERA over this span and has racked up 61 strikeouts in 44 innings of work. He even had a scoreless streak of 41 innings in this middle of the streak.

Not to mention Kershaw’s historic no-hitter on June 18 against the Colorado Rockies. He struck out 15 batters in the no-no and the only base runner came on a fielding error from SS Hanley Ramirez. Regardless, it was still the best fantasy performance from any starter this season.

Clay-K is the best arm in the business and his recent hot-streak simply proves it.

 

Adam McGill is the Senior Fantasy Sports Writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.


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