Another day, another major career milestone for the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw. The legendary southpaw added a couple of more strikeouts on Thursday night to reach 2500 through his illustrious career. Through three innings, Kershaw was up to six strikeouts in the game.
Dodgers fans have gotten used to Kershaw racking up the strikeouts over the years, so it really comes as no surprise. But he did reach that mark in the fourth-fewest games in big-league history, with a pair of Hall of Famers ahead of him. Max Scherzer is also on that list, doing it in nine fewer games.
Tonight is Clayton Kershaw's 353rd career regular-season game.
That's the 4th-fewest games to 2,500 career strikeouts in MLB history.
Only pitchers to get to 2,500 K in fewer games:
Randy Johnson: 313
Nolan Ryan: 338
Max Scherzer: 344
— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) September 4, 2020
With his sixth strikeout during the third inning, Kershaw also moved up on the all-time strikeout list. He passed hall of fame pitcher Christy Matthewson for 38th all-time on the list of big leaguers. Mathewson played in the big leagues for 17 years in the early 1900s.