Los Angeles Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw Puts On Dominant Performance, Gets Surprising Run Support

By Kenny Bristow
Brad Mills – USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Dodgers are spoiled: they have Clayton Kershaw on their team. No matter what else is going on in Dodgerland, they can trot out the most effective left-handed pitcher in MLB every fifth game.

Seriously, he’s frightening scary. For over four years now, the Dodgers have had the luxury of a solid ace who has had no arm problems, ego issues or stretches of lousy starts. He has done nothing but perform as a goodwill ambassador for all things pure about bleeding Dodger blue.

This year has been a little weird, however, for the Texas-born Kershaw. He has had to keep his lips sealed as his high-priced team has repeatedly failed to back him up with run support to match his excellence.

If the Blue Crew scored like they should every time they take the diamond, Kershaw could be 21-0. Okay, just kidding, but you know what I mean.

Being a starting pitcher is tough in the MLB. If you don’t have defense and run support behind you, you can look average. Kershaw has weathered all of that.

His dominant 2.01 ERA and strike out to walk ratio automatically put the Dodgers in every game he starts. He goes deep into games and is not a victim of big innings for the other side. He continues to shut down opponents, giving his team the chance to win.

The big lefty, after Sunday’s shutdown show against the Washington Nationals, improved his record this season to 9-6.  He has six no decisions — far too many for a hurler of his potential. That comes down to runs.

The Blue Crew regularly scores an average of two runs when Kershaw is on the mound. Its like they are sitting in the stands watching his greatness. If anything, they should take advantage of the situation and go into offensive aggression mode.

Why sit back and win a 3-2 game when you can win it 9-2 — as the Dodgers did on Sunday to seal the series sweep against the Nationals.

Never let Dodger fans forget that they are witnessing greatness. During their time following the Blue Crew, in Kershaw, they could possibly have another coming of Sandy Koufax on their hands.

Kenny Bristow is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @kennybristow, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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