In the interests of (we can only assume) jinxing everyone, Sports Illustrated selected Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw and St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright for two of its three regional covers this week.
The two pitchers are the cover boys for the magazine’s MLB playoffs/NHL regular season preview editions. The Kings’ Anze Kopitar and the St. Louis Blues’ T.J. Oshie are also featured.
Check it out:
AL MVP favorite Mike Trout singled in his first career at-bat against NL MVP favorite Clayton Kershaw earlier this season. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
The Dodgers and Angels are the co-favorites to win the World Series, at 5-to-1 each, according to Bovada. The online oddsmaker released its final odds following the conclusion of the regular season yesterday.
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is the favorite to win the National League MVP and Cy Young awards.
The full list:
Clayton Kershaw delivered an MVP-caliber performance
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw joins a group hug after beating the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, 9-1. (Michael Owen Baker/Staff photographer)
in the Dodgers’ National League West-clinching victory. His line: 8 innings pitched, 8 hits, 1 run, 0 walks, 11 strikeouts. The full box score is here
Not to be a downer (part 1) but: Colleague Vincent Bonsignore writes that the Dodgers should have their sights set on bigger celebrations.
Not to be a downer (part 2) but: Chad Billingsley accepts that he might never pitch for the Dodgers again.
Ever wonder why some pitchers blindly throw their glove out when there’s a ground ball headed to the mound?
Because sometimes it works.
A.J. Ellis high-fives Yasiel Puig during the Dodgers’ 14-5 win over the Chicago Cubs on Friday. Ellis hit two home runs in the game and Puig hit one. (Getty Images)
Clayton Kershaw was far from perfect in winning his 20th game of the season, and that was OK. The box score was kind to Dodgers hitters.
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:
Clayton Kershaw, left, playing ping pong with Neil Patrick Harris, has raised money for a Zambian orphanage through his annual Ping Pong 4 Purpose event. (courtesy of the Jimmy Kimmel show)
Clayton Kershaw was chosen as the Dodgers’ nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award today. Kershaw won the award in 2012.
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.
The other finalists are Carlos Beltran, Max Scherzer, Josh Hamilton, Adam LaRoche and Anthony Rizzo.
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.
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw has won five National League Player of the Week awards in his career. (Getty Images)
Clayton Kershaw won his second National League Player of the Week award this season, for the week ending Sunday. It’s the fifth NLPOY award of his career.
From the MLB press release:
Orel Hershiser went 19-3 for the Dodgers in 1985. (Getty Images)
“We call him the Big Train because he keeps coming,” Don Mattingly
said after watching Clayton Kershaw
win his 19th game of the season Sunday.
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: