In his eighth season Clayton Kershaw has already accomplished plenty. He’s established himself as one of the best pitchers in the game, if not the best, won three Cy Young Awards, been named to four All-Star Games, and last season added a National League MVP Award to his hardware.
However, what still escapes Kershaw is sustained postseason success and a World Series ring. The Los Angeles Dodgers’ ace entered this season facing lofty expectations that he to this point hasn’t been able to live up to. He was 1-2 with 3.73 ERA, but beyond the stats didn’t quite look like Clayton Kershaw.
That’s since changed as Kershaw put together a strong outing that he’s become known for on Monday, the series opener against the Colorado Rockies. The left-hander struck out seven and allowed two runs over seven innings. It was the third consecutive start in which Kershaw has gone at least seven innings.
For good measure Kershaw also chipped in with his bat. He entered the game with two hits this season and exited with three hits on the night, which included a double and one RBI. The three-hit game was the first of Kershaw’s career.
Monday of course wasn’t the first time Kershaw has made personal history when facing the Rockies as he threw the first no-hitter of his career against them last season.