Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw will go down as one of the greatest pitchers the game has ever seen. With three Cy Young awards and a career ERA of 2.48, the Dodgers did right by drafting Kershaw back in 2006 with the seventh-overall pick.
While the Dodgers’ ace has had some issues with a shoulder injury this season, he has still contributed to a championship-caliber team, posting a 2.42 ERA and a 13-4 record as a starter. His influence on the young pitchers in the Dodgers’ starting rotation has also proved to be beneficial.
With his 210th win on Saturday against the San Francisco Giants, Kershaw passed Don Drysdale, who was with the Dodgers from 1956 to 1967, for the second-most career wins with the Dodgers. Only Don Sutton has more with 233 wins.
Kershaw said he was honored to pass the Dodgers legend on the all-time wins list, but that he was simply fortunate to be on the great teams the Dodgers have put together over his 16-season career.
“Wins are always great,” Kershaw said. “I have a lot of respect for what Don Drysdale meant to this organization, so it’s a huge honor to get to do that. But wins are more of a product of just the team you’re on. Wins are just being on good teams, being in the right spot. Just fortunate to be a part of this organization that wins so much.”(Via SportsNet LA)
As an upcoming free agent after the 2023 season, Kershaw has openly said that he does not know whether he will return next season or retire. The 35-year-old said that he is focused on this season and this season only when it comes to mulling on his potential retirement.
Kershaw will make one more start in the regular season when the Dodgers travel to play San Francisco next weekend.
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