The Los Angeles Dodgers have clearly had one of the best pitching staffs all season, so to say that they continued to be great in the month of August is no surprise. I would be willing to bet that most Dodgers fans would have guessed the dual aces, Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, would continue to be a double-edged sword with Hyun-Jin Ryu being a viable weapon as well.
I would also be willing to bet that most fans did not see Ricky Nolasco coming in the month of August.
Sure, I will give the occasional optimist the benefit of the doubt in predicting that Nolasco would have a better month, but having a month that matched both Kershaw and Greinke throw for throw? Doubt it. Let’s take a look at their stat lines from the month of August:
Kershaw: 5 starts, 3-2, 1.01 ERA, 0.981 WHIP, 35.2 innings pitched, 9.1 K’s/9IP
Greinke: 5 starts, 5-0, 1.23 ERA, 0.982 WHIP, 36.2 innings pitched, 7.4 K’s/9IP
Nolasco: 6 starts, 5-0, 1.64 ERA, 0.887 WHIP, 38.1 innings pitched, 8.2 K’s/9IP
“Wow!” is the simplest assessment of those numbers.
Now, before you all go crazy and start trying to say “Look at those records! I guess Kershaw had the worst month”, I will ask you to look at the rest of the stat line. Coupled with a nearly sub-1.00 ERA and the fact that the Dodgers only gave him a total of one run of support while he was in the game during his two losses – a habitual move from the Dodgers which I like to call the Clayton Kershaw Special – Kershaw’s performance is clearly just as good as the others.
With the starting rotation as hot as it is going into the playoffs, every other team in the league should be very worried about facing the Dodgers. This three-headed monster is on the prowl for some October prey, and does not look like it will be stopped until fully satisfied with a World Series ring.
I would love to hear your thoughts about the sustainability of these pitchers’ performances and the Dodgers’ run into the playoffs. Please leave a comment below and thanks for reading!
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