Also: tomorrow is a big day for Hyun-Jin Ryu and Sunday’s starting pitcher, who still doesn’t have a name.
CHICAGO >> Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw became the first major-league pitcher to 20 wins this season — despite missing all of April with a back injury.
Here’s what he said after the game:
Each team nominates one player to be considered for the award in an effort to pay tribute to Clemente’s achievements and character by recognizing “current players who truly understand the value of helping others.”
Here’s more from MLB’s press release:
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is one of six finalists for the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award, which is given to a player that inspires others to higher levels of achievement by their on-field performances and contributions to their communities.
More from the MLBPA’s press release:
First inspired by their relationship with a malnourished, HIV-infected girl in Lusaka, Zambia named Hope, Clayton and his wife, Ellen, began Kershaw’s Challenge in 2011. The Challenge is to use whatever you have been blessed with – talent, passion or purpose – to give back to others. This year, Kershaw’s Challenge helped support transitional housing for homeless families in Los Angeles (The Dream Center) and a sports ministry in West Dallas (Mercy Street) in addition its ongoing work in Zambia.
The birth of a new nickname? Maybe.
Kershaw at the very least matched a 29-year-old team record. He’s 19-3, good for a .864 winning percentage, with two starts left in the regular season. Orel Hershiser went 19-3 in 1985, the only Los Angeles Dodger to finish a season with a winning percentage that high.
Here’s what Hershiser had to say about Kershaw’s season last Wednesday, four days before Kershaw matched his record:
Things you learn by talking to people after a game: The Dodgers’ win over the Giants today might have depended on overcoming a misunderstanding.
Joc Pederson didn’t get into the game. In fact, he wasn’t even the left-hander chosen to pinch hit for Clayton Kershaw in the ninth inning against right-hander Hunter Strickland — Andre Ethier was. Behind the scenes, he’s still adjusting to a new routine. You can read about that here.
SAN FRANCISCO >> After the Giants scored all nine runs Friday, and the Dodgers scored all 17 runs Saturday, the two teams will be hard-pressed to put up a crooked number in Sunday’s series finale.
Clayton Kershaw is starting for the Dodgers. He’s had the efficiency of a robot all season. Here are a few numbers that make it hard to believe he will allow a run today:
In theory, Kershaw would start Sunday in San Francisco, Sept. 19 in Chicago, and Sept. 24 at home against the Giants. That presumes that Kershaw takes every turn in the rotation in order, on schedule.
A few implications: