Clayton Kershaw was chosen the National League Pitcher of the Month for July on Monday.
To put that in context, here is the Awards section of Kershaw’s baseball-reference.com page:
So another monthly award trophy is another drop in the bucket for Kershaw, however “suitably engraved” it may be.
In four July starts, Kershaw went 3-0 with a 0.27 ERA (33 innings, 1 earned run). He walked two batters all month — some pitchers will walk more batters in an inning — and struck out 45.
July has historically been Kershaw’s strongest month, so in that regard too the award comes as little surprise. His next start is scheduled for Friday in Pittsburgh.
Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw didn’t have the best day Tuesday at the All-Star Game in Cincinnati, but each pitched very well once the regular season resumed.
So well, in fact, they were named National League co-Players of the Week on Monday. The week consisted of games Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Here are the details, from an MLB press release:
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who last year won the National League MVP and Cy Young Awards, has been nominated for an award he will not fully enjoy if he wins.
Kershaw is up against Madison Bumgarner, Corey Kluber, Giancarlo Stanton and Mike Trout in the 2015 ESPY Award for Best Baseball Player. ESPN announced its nominees for the annual awards Wednesday morning; the complete list is here. Voting closes when the live show starts July 15.