Clayton Kershaw was unable to solve the St. Louis Cardinals in the seventh inning of Games 1 and 4 of the NLDS and it cost both the left-hander and Los Angeles Dodgers.

While Kershaw’s latest postseason troubles added to the notion he’s not capable of winning the big game. Despite the disappointing end to the 2014 season, the Dodger ace put together one of the more impressive regular seasons and the recognition has formally begun.

On Tuesday, Kershaw was named Baseball America’s Player of the Year and Wednesday, he made Sporting News’ 2014 National League All-Star team.

Kershaw led the Majors with 21 wins, six complete games, WHIP (0.86) and in ERA (1.77). The ERA title was Kershaw’s fourth consecutive, becoming the first pitcher in MLB history to accomplish the feat.

Dee Gordon also represents the Dodgers on Sporting News’ NL All-Star team after a successful first season at second base. Gordon’s range and athleticism that once made him a shortstop transitioned well to the other middle infield position and he filled a major need for the Dodgers.

Gordon also set the tone at the top of the lineup, led the Majors in stolen bases and was named to his first All-Star Game. Yasiel Puig played well through the early stages of the season, but went through a slump that last over one month and he was not among the outfielders recognized by Sporting News.

Sporting News All-Star Teams:

National League

P: Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers

P: Craig Kimbrel, Braves

C: Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers

1B: Anthony Rizzo, Cubs

2B: Dee Gordon, Dodgers

SS: Jhonny Peralta, Cardinals

3B: Anthony Rendon, Nationals

OF: Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins

OF: Andrew McCutchen, Pirates

OF: Justin Upton, Braves

American League

P: Felix Hernandez, Mariners

P: Dellin Betances, Yankees

C: Salvador Perez, Royals

1B: Jose Abreu, White Sox

2B: Jose Altuve, Astros

SS: Erick Aybar, Angels

3B: Adrian Beltre, Rangers

OF: Mike Trout, Angels

OF: Michael Brantley, Indians

OF: Jose Bautista, Blue Jays

DH: Victor Martinez, Tigers
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Matt is a journalist from Whittier, California. A Cal State Long Beach graduate, Matthew occasionally contributes to Lakers Nation, and previously served as the lead editor and digital strategist at Dodgers Nation, and the co-editor and lead writer at Reign of Troy, where he covered USC Football. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mmoreno1015

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  1. Michael N. Norris

    Congrats to Dee and CK…lets take it to the next level

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