Today we’re talking Dodgers ace, Clayton Kershaw. In the last week, Kershaw earned his MLB-best of 17 wins this season. He struck out eight in eight innings and took his base running to another level going from 1st to 3rd on Dee Gordon’s single all while lowering his ERA to 1.70. Kershaw is unquestionably the best pitcher in the MLB and the Dodgers are 19-4 when Kershaw has started.
So, naturally, Mattingly and his teammates have all chimed in on their thoughts about Kershaw winning the NL MVP award this season. Turner most recently stated to the LA Times:
“Whenever he has the ball, he’s the best player on the field. He’s got my vote.”
Kershaw is also widely considered a heavy favorite to win his third Cy Young in four years. Should Kershaw take home both the MVP and Cy Young award, he’d be the first pitcher to do so since Justin Verlander in 2011. And, the last National League pitcher to be named MVP was Bob Gibson all the way back in 1968. So, yea, it’s a big deal!
But, while everyone is talking about how he should win these awards, Kershaw is only concerned about one thing, “World Series or Bust.”
In an interview with ESPN’s Buster Olney on SportsCenter, Kershaw said:
“If you don’t win the World Series, it’s not necessarily a lost year, but that’s why we’re all playing the game. […] You win the World Series or you didn’t have a successful year.”
And with the team’s record, they’re definitely headed in the right direction.
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