After a dominant month of July, Los Angeles Dodgers ace and reigning National League MVP Clayton Kershaw was named the NL Pitcher of the Month for July. It marks the fourth time in the last five years he has received the honor.
Kershaw began the month by allowing one run over seven innings against the New York Mets on July 3 at Dodger Stadium. He walked away without a decision in a game the Dodgers lost and went on to finish July 3-0 with two complete-game shutouts, 45 strikeouts, two walks and one run.
The complete games bookended a performance in which Kershaw scattered three hits over eight shutout innings against the Washington Nationals. Over the four July starts, opponents hit just .162/.183/.188 against Kershaw with the only extra-base hits being three doubles.
Kershaw’s strong outings throughout the month resulted in him sharing NL Player of the Week honors with Zack Greinke, who also had a particularly dominant July. If not for a hip issue that forced the reigning MVP to twice be scratched from a start in the final week of July, Kershaw may have put a final exclamation point to the calendar month he’s historically pitched well in.
Instead, Kershaw opened August by throwing eight shutout frames against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He extended his scoreless streak to 37 consecutive innings, improved to 9-6 on the season and lowered his ERA to 2.37, which ranks eighth in baseball. Kershaw leads the Majors with a 2.13 FIP, 1.91 xFIP and 192 strikeouts.