After a somewhat disappointing June, Clayton Kershaw continued his recent dominance and won his third straight game as the Los Angles Dodgers defeated the San Francisco Giants 4-1 and improved to 42-45 on the season.
While only giving up one walk and striking out three, Kershaw distributed three hits over eight innings. Kershaw earned his 1100th career strikeout Sunday and his season ERA dropped from 1.93 to 1.89. In addition, Kershaw’s latest eight inning performance is his fourth straight start going at least eight innings. Also in the same span he has only allowed one walk in those starts.
Because of Kershaw’s latest emergence and Yasiel Puig‘s red-hot June and early July, the Dodgers have climbed out of the NL West cellar and are sitting pretty in second place just 4.5 games behind first-place Arizona Diamondbacks.
For the Dodgers to keep up their latest success, Kershaw will need to keep up his latest round of domination. While his 8-5 season record his not spectacular, his 129 strikeouts, 1.89 ERA, and .90 WHIP are certainly worth talking about. With the All-Star break coming up and Kershaw’s latest start, the Dodgers should be buyers, not sellers .
However, the Dodgers’ success the rest of the season will depend on Kershaw. If he can pitch late into games and give up less than two runs, then the Dodgers will be good shape of making the playoffs. On the other hand, if Kershaw can’t keep up his ace-like performances, then the Dodgers will be fall in the standings again.
In short, the Dodgers 2013 season success has and will be greatly affected by how Kershaw pitches.
Phil Naegely is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Like him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @pnaegelyRS and add him to your circles on Google.