Game 35: Clayton Kershaw makes it look easy.

Chase Utley

Chase Utley led off the first inning and hit a home run in the second inning in the Dodgers’ 5-0 win Thursday. (Getty Images)

Clayton Kershaw threw his second shutout in his last three starts, and also set a team record by striking out at least 10 batters for the fifth straight game (he finished with 13), in the Dodgers’ 5-0 win over the New York Mets. The box score is here.

Tomorrow’s starting pitching matchup features two college roommates.

Kershaw spoke at some length after the game about going the distance, pitching 250 games in the majors, and his ridiculous 77-to-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio, among other things:
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Clayton Kershaw sets a new team record with 10 strikeouts against New York Mets.

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw has 10 strikeouts through eight innings tonight against the New York Mets, marking his fifth straight game with double-digit strikeouts — a new team record.

The major league record for consecutive games with 10 or more strikeouts is eight.

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Game 34: Noah Syndergaard clubs two home runs, pitches eight innings to beat Dodgers.

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Noah Syndergaard rounds third base after hitting his second home run Wednesday against Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda, foreground. (Getty Images)

New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard hit two home runs and threw eight strong innings Wednesday in a 4-3 win over the Dodgers.

The box score is here.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts isn’t afraid to admit that he breaks from analytics every day.

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Watch: Dave Roberts backs slumping Carl Crawford, who starts over Trayce Thompson.

The last time Carl Crawford faced Noah Syndergaard, he went 0-for-3 with a double play groundout. None of the three outs left the infield.

It wasn’t the first (or the last) 0-fer of Crawford’s career, but it came in Game 2 of last year’s National League Division Series. Those were Crawford’s only career plate appearances against Syndergaard, who starts tonight for the Mets.

Crawford owns a .190/.222/.286 slash line this season, while his de facto platoon partner, Trayce Thompson, has home runs in consecutive games. Seems like an opportune time for night off, right? Dave Roberts chimed in on Crawford’s hitting and how he plans to use the 34-year-old outfielder:

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Game 33: Trayce Thompson walks off the New York Mets.

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Justin Turner pours a bucket of water on Trayce Thompson (and SportsNet LA reporter Alanna Rizzo) after Thompson’s walk-off home run against the New York Mets on Tuesday night. (Getty Images)

Trayce Thompson‘s first career walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Dodgers to a 3-2 win over the New York Mets — and lifted the Dodgers over .500. The box score is here. You can listen to Vin Scully’s call of Thompson’s home run here.

Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig are struggling at the plate.

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