When watching the best young professional athletes, it is only a matter of time until they do something amazing. Los Angeles Dodger Clayton Kershaw waited only four seasons to earn his first Cy Young Award. He’s been magical ever since.
Kershaw captured the National League Pitching Triple Crown in 2011. The Award is given when a pitcher has the lowest Earned Run Average, the most wins, and the most strikeouts during the season. Kershaw took a year off before earning his second Cy Young Award in 2013. He posted a Major League best 1.83 ERA, the lowest since Greg Maddux’s 1.63 ERA in 1994 while pitching for the Atlanta Braves.
With all that he has accomplished, everyone was trying to anticipate exactly when the 26 year old Kershaw would throw a No-hitter.
He finally did on June 18, against the Colorado Rockies. The Rockies, who feature Troy Tulowitzki, the NL leader in batting average and runs scored, are currently in third place in the NL West behind the Dodgers.
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Kershaw was throwing a Perfect Game until the seventh inning when shortstop Hanley Ramirez made a throwing error on a ground ball. Yet, Clayton Kershaw was able to finish strong.
Kershaw finished with 15 strikeouts and left one Rockie stranded on base.
As he continues to dominate other teams with his pitching, Kershaw draws further comparisons to Dodger-great Sandy Koufax. Although, Kershaw has some catching up to do as Koufax threw four No-hitters and a Perfect Game.
Still, Kershaw is simply adding to the rich pitching history of the Dodgers. The Dodgers have pitched 25 No-hitters, which includes Koufax’s Perfect Game, the only one thrown by a Dodger.
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With a record of 40-34, Los Angeles now sits four games behind the San Francisco Giants, the team with the best record in the National League.
Los Angeles will always expect something amazing out of Clayton Kershaw and he continues to meet expectations. It is only a matter of time until everyone expects a Perfect Game from Kershaw.