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Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw Extends Streak vs Mets

The ace can’t be beaten.

MILWAUKEE, WI - OCTOBER 20: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers during the ninth inning in Game Seven of the National League Championship Series at Miller Park on October 20, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

When Clayton Kershaw took the mound for his 26th start of the season, he did so against a team he historically beats up on. In terms of Dodgers, with his win on Friday night, Kershaw took over sole possession of 2nd place when it comes to most consecutive regular season starts vs any opponent with no losses to start his MLB career. He earned his 10th win against the Mets in his 15th start.

The all-time MLB record is held by Juan Marichal opened his career vs the Mets with 22 starts against New York with no losses.

For Kershaw on Friday night, he also moved up in the all time MLB record book in another category.

Growing up in Texas, Clayton cites Andy Pettitte as one of his heroes. Pettitte went to high school in Texas, and later pitched 3 seasons for the Houston Astros during Kershaw’s high school years.

I got to pitch against him and I got to play against him and he was like my favorite guy growing up, so that’s cool.

The outing on Friday for Kershaw was welcome for the left-hander. He had been on a 4 game skid where his ERA sat at 5.73 (14 ER in 22 IP), losing 3 in a row. Luckily for Clayton, he had history on his side as he had never lost 4 consecutive starts in his career.


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However, he did continue an unwelcome trend by serving up his 8th first inning home run. He’s now allowed a career high 25 home runs in 2019.

On the season, Kershaw’s record now sits at 14-5 — his 14 wins are tied for 4th most in the National League — with a 3.05 ERA in 165.1 innings pitched.

Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

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  1. This was an impressive win all around.
    Kershaw had his usual 1st inning issues, but certainly got back at it.
    No surprise, I know, but Lux is just too good and he’s still getting comfortable.
    It’s time to get into ‘beast mode’ and close strong.

    Now, if Dave Roberts just stops making dumb managing decisions.

  2. Great for Kershaw to get the win but 105 pitches in 6.1 innings isn’t good. That should have been enough for 8 innings. Our bullpen isn’t good enough to have them pitch 3 innings every night, especially after using 6 relievers last night.

  3. I will take the win, and an impressive win at that. Nice to see Clayton shut down a red hot team which just swept Arizona.

    I realize the big prize is in October, but unlike Dave Robert’s I believe that home field advantage is important.

    Do Dodgers!

  4. Clayton pitched a great game though 6. Roberts left him in too long. He did not have to throw that many pitches. Even the Mets TV announcers were stunned that he was not taken out sooner. We need him strong for the playoffs. There is plenty of Ball pen help with all the call ups. He threw over 90 pitches his last start in 5 innings. What is Roberts thinking?

    • Knowing Kershaw he probably gave the manager sht for wanting to take him out so Roberts said ok we’ll see if you survive past 100 pitches and of course he couldn’t. Maybe this was to show him that he shouldn’t go past a certain point. Roberts did take him out in the 5th against frisco because he was at 100 pitches and Kershaw threw a fit in the dugout

  5. I read above about all the innings Kershaw is pitching per start in few innings. He is still a tough competitor but it’s a shame to see him losing the edge at such a young age. His walk totals per game are up, giving up way too many homers, his 12 to 6 curve doesn’t bite as much anymore and his fastball is down a notch. I wish him the best for the next two years.

  6. Does anyone know why he’s never been able to develop a change-up? With all the coaching he’s had available to him over the years, one would think someone would have been able to teach it to him.

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