Clayton Kershaw continues on his dominant run this season, as the future Hall of Famer became the third-youngest to 2,500 strikeouts. He also passed Christy Mathewson for 38th on the MLB’s all-time strikeout list. Kershaw didn’t allow a hit until the 6th inning on an infield single, striking out eight batters while bringing his ERA down to 1.50, which is second-best in the National League after Yu Darvish.
With 2,505 career strikeouts, Kershaw is only eight strikeouts from A.J. Burnett for 37th in the all-time strikeout list.
It was Kershaw’s fifth win and the team’s 29th win overall. The Dodgers also have won five straight overall and ten consecutive games at home, while going 8-2 in their last ten games. In their last 21 games, the Dodgers have won 18.
They continue to find different ways to win games despite several players spending time on the injured list. Justin Turner recently was placed on the injured list, and Alex Wood was recently activated.
Cody Bellinger returned yesterday after two days of no action after suffering a sore lat muscle working in the batting cage. He went 0-for-4 at the plate in his return. Corey Seager ,who’s been the Dodgers hottest hitter this season, continued his great campaign. He went 3-for-4 at the plate and leads the Dodgers in average with .323.
The only run allowed yesterday was by Dylan Floro, but the bullpen has been one of the many strengths of the Dodgers. Blake Treinen has enjoyed a great bounce-back season after signing with the Dodgers in free agency. Treinen’s ERA is now 1.04—in 17 innings pitched he’s struck out 14 batters.
The Dodgers look to be the first team to 30 wins this season when they begin a three-game series against the Rockies Friday Night. The Rockies, who had a fast start to begin the year, have since cooled off, sitting one game under .500 at 18-19. However, they’re still in a playoff spot with the newly adopted format. If the postseason began today, the Dodgers and Rockies would meet in a three-game playoff series.
Dodger Stadium has been great to the Dodgers against the Rockies, as they’ve won 16 out of 17 at home against Colorado. The Dodgers can also match their best-ever 40-game start with a win against the Rockies.
The magic number for the Dodgers to clinch the division for an eighth straight time stands at 16. They are six games ahead of the second-place Padres, who were the biggest movers at the trade deadline early this week.
May and Gonsolin, both of whom didn’t know if they would make the rotation back in the summer, now are really important pieces as the Dodgers prepare for the playoff push. Gonsolin slid into a rotation spot after Ross Stripling was dealt to the Blue Jays at the trade deadline.
May will make his eighth start of the season. He’s posted a 1-1 record so far and a 2.83 ERA in 35 innings pitched.
The probable pitching matchup for Friday night is May against righty Antonio Senzatela. The first pitch is set 6:40 p.m., Pacific time.