Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw Sets a Modern Era Record

Kersh does things no modern Dodger has ever done.

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has set a modern era record for most strikeouts to start a game in franchise history.

Per Elias Sports Bureau, Kershaw’s 7 K’s against the first 7 batters surpassed former Dodger Andy Messersmith, who had the record of 6 straight K’s back in 1973. Clayton is showing that he is not passed his prime, and he still has what it takes to lead the Dodgers to wins.

When Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts pushed Kershaw’s start back one day, there was concern that the lefty may have been dealing with a nagging injury. Instead, we got a slightly more rested Kershaw, and we now know what a rested Kersh can do.

He opened Wednesday night’s game dealing and finished with 7 IP, allowing only 2 hits, and ultimately recording 10 strikeouts while walking none. Moreover, this was Kershaw’s second 10 strikeout performance of the season, with both coming against the Miami Marlins.

Marlins aside, we are witnessing greatness, and Kershaw keeps proving to us why he’s the greatest pitcher of this generation.

Written by Levon Satamian

My name is Levon Satamian. I am currently attending Cal State Northridge, and majoring in Broadcast Journalism.


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  1. Headline should say Modern Era DODGER Record

    Ironically, the record of 8 strikeouts to start a game was first set by Jim Deshaies of the Astros versus the Dodgers in September 1986. It could have been 9 but Tommy set up a pinch hitter in the pitchers spot and he bunted!. That mark of 8 straight to open a game has been equaled twice, by Jacob deGrom and German Martinez.

  2. This can’t be true……..I keep reading posts on the internet web sites telling me Kershaw is washed up. (Grin!)

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