Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw Passes Don Drysdale on All Time Strikeout List
Clayton Kershaw and strikeouts have become a familiar pair for Dodgers fans over the years. Since his arrival, Kersh has punched out plenty of batters with Los Angeles.
On Thursday night in Seattle, Clayton passed Don Drysdale on the all-time Dodgers strikeout list when he struck out Shed Long Jr in the 5th inning. It was Kershaw’s 2,487th strikeout of his illustrious career and his 5th of the game.
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If you’re interested how far off Kershaw is from number on on the Dodgers list, he’s probably got another year to get there. Don Sutton leads all players in franchise history with 2,696 career strikeouts with Los Angeles.
Kershaw is also 62 wins off of Sutton’s franchise record, though he will liekly end up with the W tonight. Sutton was with the Dodgers for 16 season before moving on to Houston in 1981. This is Kershaw‘s 13th year with Los Angeles after drafting him in the first round of the 2006 draft out of Highland Park high school.
Up Next for the Dodgers
After a series with Seattle, the Dodgers will head home for a three-game series against the Rockies beginning on Friday night in Los Angeles. The Rockies are currently second in the National League West with a record of 13 wins and 11 losses.
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So far the best starts have come from Kershaw, May, and Gonsolin (ERA of zero, and recently demoted by Roberts for being too good). Hopefully Buehler will get it going tomorrow.
Its great to see the return of velocity for Kershaw. While velocity isn’t the end all be all it makes up one of the big three in pitching, Velocity, Movement and Control.
I like that Kershaw is throwing more breaking balls his slider is a great swing and miss pitch and the curve has always been incredible.
The fastball last night was about 4-5 mph faster than his slider and that is enough of a speed difference as he showed with 11 strikeouts last night in only 7 innings.
Reminds us all what a stud Drysdale was.