Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw continues to prove why he is the most dominant pitcher in the major leagues. Kershaw is having another great season and with two Cy Young award under his belt, he is the likely candidate to win the National League Cy Young award this season, which will mark the third time in his young career that he has won the award.
Kershaw is having one of the best seasons of his career, which is impressive in itself because he already has achieved two Cy Young awards. Though the Cy Young award may not be enough for Kershaw this year as he is also a deserving candidate for National League MVP honors.
It is rare for a starting pitcher to win the MVP, as there has only been four pitchers to win the MVP in the last 30 years. Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers was the most recent pitcher to win the award in 2011 when he went 24-5 with a 2.56 ERA and 250 strikeouts.
Big number keep coming
Kershaw will have comparable numbers to Verlander's in 2011. This season Kershaw holds a 16-3 record with a remarkable 1.73 ERA and has fanned 194 batters. The Dodgers southpaw could very well end up with 20 wins, which is almost unbelievable because he missed nearly the first month of the season.
Kershaw has has some impressive milestones this season as he has gone over 50 starts without losing back-to-back starts. He was dominant in his start last night against the Arizona Diamondbacks, allowing an unearned run and struck out 10 in eighth superb innings of work, leading the Dodgers to a 3-1 victory. Kershaw also became the first 16-game winner in the major leagues this season. Kershaw has been so dominant this year, that in yesterdays game, he loaded the bases for the first time all season, and its almost September. He was also able to get out of the bases loaded jam.
Big time player
Kershaw has put together an impressive stretch to an already terrific season as he is 13-1 over his last 16 starts. He has seemingly saved his best work for when it counts, as he has helped the Dodgers to a comfortable five game lead in the National League West division.
Kershaw has shown no signs at all of slowing down, and it would only be appropriate for him to end this career year with his third Cy Young award, MVP award, and possibly leading his team to a World Series, all at the age of 26.