As the undisputed leader of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitching staff, Clayton Kershaw has been at a level unmatched by any pitcher this season.

Kershaw’s latest outing wasn’t the easiest he’s had, but in the end it was another eight-inning and nine-strikeout effort in the Dodgers win over the San Francisco Giants. On the heels of winning both of his starts last week, Clayton Kershaw was named the National League Player of the Week for the second time this season.

Kershaw threw a combined 16 innings with 17 strikeouts, 1.69 ERA and held opponents to a .175 batting average for the week ending Sept. 14. He began the week by needing just 84 pitches to collected eight strikeouts in eight innings.

At the time, Kershaw’s win Sept. 8 was an MLB-best 18th of the season and his 19th win of the season on Sunday again gave him the Major-League lead.

While Kershaw’s historical season has placed him in a group of his own, the two runs he allowed Sunday raised his ERA from 1.67 to 1.70. Even with the small increase, Kershaw’s ERA is best in the Majors and so too is his 0.83 WHIP.

Kershaw is scheduled to start Friday against the Chicago Cubs and again Sept. 24 in the finale of another three-game set with the Giants. His start against the Giants, as well as the other two games of the series, along with the final three games of the regular season will be available on television courtesy of Time Warner Cable agreeing with KDOC to simulcast the games.

This marks the fifth time in Kershaw’s career he’s been named the NL Player of the Week.
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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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