With the Dodgers first win over the Giants on Thursday’s doubleheader, Clayton Kershaw reached a historic mark for his career. Thirteen years into his storied career, you almost expect him to reach new milestones almost every start out there. He did pass Don Drysdale for the franchise strikeout mark in his last start.
But it was not a strikeout record that Clayon surpassed in this start over the Giants. But with his fourth win of the season, Kershaw became the winningest left-handed pitcher in MLB history. Out of every left-handed pitcher to play the game, none have matched his .6964 mark.
Clayton Kershaw is now the winningest LHP in @mlb history.
— AlaNNa Rizzo (@alannarizzo) August 27, 2020
Kershaw talked about reaching that mark with the Dodgers after, and responded exactly how you would imagine. The always humble Clayton Kershaw rarely takes credit for himself.
I’ve been on a great team, you know? The Dodgers maybe other than like 1 or 2 years we’ve basically had a winning team since I’ve been here. So that’s basically what that is, a win is a team stat for a starting pitcher so I’m thankful to be on a good team.
The win was Clayton’s 172nd of his career. In terms of all-time winning percentage, only two right-handed pitchers sit ahead of him. Al Spalding had a .795 mark while Spud Chandler put up a .7171 mark. Kershaw would need to win 13 more games without taking on a loss to pass Chandler.
The Dodgers picked up Clayton Kershaw way back in the first round of the 2006 draft out of high school. In that time, he has picked up three Cy Young awards to go along with five ERA titles and an MVP award. Kershaw has also appeared on eight All-Star teams and won a pitching triple crown. A truly historic career with plenty of gas left in the tank.