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.
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw scattered two hits over eight scoreless innings against the Angels on Saturday. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)
Clayton Kershaw ran his scoreless streak to 37 innings as the Dodgers beat the Angels 3-1 on Saturday night. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.
Joc Pederson sat out his second straight game.
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw will start Saturday against the Angels, swapping spots in the starting rotation with Zack Greinke, who will start tonight.
Manager Don Mattingly stopped short of saying Kershaw had any setback, or even that he couldn’t start tonight.
“He threw yesterday before his event,” Mattingly said, referring to Kershaw’s annual charity ping pong tournament. “We knew he was feeling good but we wanted to make sure and give him an extra day.”
Kershaw declined an interview, saying only that he feels good.
Kershaw has had hip issues in the past. This one “is nothing different from what we’ve dealt with in the past,” Mattingly said, “so we feel good.”
Left-hander Hector Santiago is starting for the Angels tonight. Left-hander Andrew Heaney — whom the Dodgers traded to the Angels last December to get Howie Kendrick — is starting tomorrow.