Fans can expect a great game from Clayton Kershaw every time he hits the mound. During Sunday’s series finale against the Mets, the Los Angeles ace struck out 10 batters with 0 walks, giving up only two runs before leaving the game in the eighth inning.
Kershaw’s performance not only impressed fans, it has impressed his peers as well. Jake Arrieta, pitcher for the Chicago Cubs, told the Chicago Tribune that Kershaw is “one of the greatest ever.”
“He’s a role model for kids who watch this game and strive to make it to this level,” Arrieta said. “He’s a good guy to watch and follow. He does things the right way. He’s a good person. And he’s a special talent.”
The Cubs’ righty is regarded as one of the best pitchers in the game, winning the National League Cy Young last year. Kershaw leads the National League at an ERA of 1.56 while Arrieta has a 1.72 ERA through 68 innings pitched this year. He is 9-0 with 67 strikeouts and only 21 walks. Let’s take a look at their numbers:
Arrieta takes the mound tonight and hopes to regain the form he had during his last start against the Dodgers when he pitched his last no-hitter. He is up against Scott Kazmir, who has a 4.84 ERA on the season.
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