Dodgers News: Clayton Kershaw Named NL Pitcher Of The Month

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Clayton Kershaw has been compared to former legendary pitchers, namely Sandy Koufax, and he’s been placed at the top of the pedestal in his career as a Los Angeles Dodger.

Kershaw received another accolade in what’s been a decorated seven years as he was named the National League Pitcher of the Month for July. The left-hander finished June with a 6-0 record and 0.82 ERA.

The Dodger ace also excelled in one of his strong suits — racking up strikeouts. Kershaw finished June with 61 strikeouts and only allowed four walks over his six starts. To put his strikeout numbers into perspective, Kershaw had 35 more strikeouts than hits allowed during the month. Kershaw’s WHIP was an impressive 0.68 and he held opponents to a measly .165 batting average.

June also included a no-hitter for Kershaw, the first of his career. If that wasn’t enough, the lefty hasn’t allowed a run in 28 consecutive innings. Kershaw has continually received compliments from the Dodgers’ staff and teammates for the kind of person he is and his tireless work ethic.

To put Kershaw’s seven years in the Majors into perspective, he’s held the ERA title in the National League for three consecutive years and has won two Cy Young awards. At the young age of 26, Kershaw still has plenty to give and has established himself as the permanent ace of the Dodgers pitching staff for years to come.

For as great as Kershaw is on the field, he equally is off it. Along with his wife Ellen, the two have formed a foundation, Kershaw’s Challenge, which has helped improved the lives of thousands of children.

Earlier this season, while still on the disabled list, the Kershaw’s aided with distributing groceries in conjunction with the Los Angeles Dream Center.

Kershaw’s next scheduled start is Friday, in the Dodgers’ second road game with the Colorado Rockies.
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