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Kershaw CLXXIV: Kershowse Encounters of the Third Kind

Rays at Dodgers, 5:05 p.m.

According to the Dodger press notes, the team’s current 36-8 run is not only the best by a Dodger team since 1953, it’s the best by any National League team since then.

It’s remarkable that three of the eight losses have come during Clayton Kershaw starts – more than any other Dodger starting pitcher – even though Kershaw has had a 1.62 ERA since the hot streak began.  The other five losses have been spread in games started by Chris Capuano (2), Stephen Fife, Ricky Nolasco and Zack Greinke.

Here is the Kershaw log during that time:

Los Angeles is 2-3 in Kershaw’s past five starts. He has a 2.00 ERA with three walks and 37 strikeouts in those five outings.

In games not started by Kershaw, the Dodgers have not lost since July 25. They have won 13 straight games not started by Kershaw.


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  1. KT

    Go BLUE!!!!

  2. Bob_in_Vegas

    Wow! These facts sure seem to define “counter-intuitive”!

  3. Why must we get the Sunday night game on the same day that Breaking Bad returns?!? I guess I’ll record BB and watch it after Kershaw and the boys dispatch of the Rays.

    • WBBsAs

      Why do we have to suffer through blacked-out ESPN games at all?

      • I guess when you’re playing well they actually want to put you on national television. Instead of just playing Yanks/RedSox every week. Heavy weighs the crown… Walter White knows a thing or two about that.

  4. KT

    Well the Roxs swept the Buco’s now 3.5 games back

  5. KT

    Baseball Tonight ‏@BBTN1m
    Over last 70 seasons, NL teams that have won @ least 36 wins in 44-game stretch have reached the WorldSeries 3x

  6. KT

    Love that ESPN commercial with Kershaw and the pencils

  7. KT

    Dodgers Nation ‏@DodgersNation2m
    DBacks lose 9-5. Dodgers lead the NL West by 7 games heading into tonight’s game.

  8. KT

    Ray Ratto ‏@RattoCSN35m
    And this is why raw numbers are Satan’s prom date RT @BillShaikin: Juan Pierre is 5 hits from tying Joe DiMaggio on the all-time hit list:

  9. KT

    Los Angeles Dodgers ‏@Dodgers5m
    Battery to the bullpen:

  10. KT

    MLB ‏@MLB4m
    #Dbacks OF @IAmCodyRoss suffered dislocated right hip trying to beat out grounder in first inning of Sunday’s game:

  11. KT

    Got this from nsxtasy on MSTI:

    Per Tony Jackson at “Mattingly said he considers Zack Greinke to be among his stable of regular pinch hitters — EXCEPT on the day before he pitches and in some cases, the day after he pitches.”

  12. Nice play Dee! Good first half.

  13. KT

    Easy inning..nice play Gonzo!

  14. KT

    Now let’s scratch

  15. das411

    and these Dodgers are doing this without that Bison fellow?

  16. KT

    My parents are at this game


  17. KT

    Hanley: We keep winning. That makes it easy to make a decision. If I had to play tomorrow, I would get here early, get treatment and go for it. (But) there are three people making this decision: the trainer and the manager, and then they see how I feel every day.

    Also… Mattingly said he considers Zack Greinke to be among his stable of regular pinch hitters — EXCEPT on the day before he pitches and in some cases, the day after he pitches.

    “By spiking him up, if we’re down a guy, it feels like we’re not down a guy because we can use him,” Mattingly said.

  18. KT

    Another K

  19. KT

    another good one

  20. KT


  21. As Jon’s post above shows, he just may have to do it himself!

  22. KT


  23. Thought that had a chance.

  24. KT

    Bullpen already

    • John_from_Aus

      a short leash

    • TAFKA_Gagne55

      I just opened up this thread without checking the game first, saw this comment and was like “oh no, Kershaw got KO’d?!” Then I looked up the score and felt much better.

  25. I like to see that out of Dee.

    • KT

      Maury should be all over Dee or get Brett Butler to teach him

      • mike_tink

        Brett Butler is the manager of the Reno Aces AAA affiliate of the Dbags

        • KT

          yea I know

          • mike_tink

            so you meant after the season in Brett’s case. I wish you had said so then I wouldn’t have taken the time to reply

  26. KT

    CC good eye!

  27. They can’t be stopped!

    • Bob_Hendley

      They really can’t be. But they can be slowed dowm (IBB for Puig)

  28. Boo! Madden is obviously worried about what Puig can do.

  29. John_from_Aus

    and that, Ladies and Gentlemen, is how you play Baseball

  30. scooplew

    This is the first time since June 9, 2011, that Kershaw has scored two runs in a game.

  31. KT


  32. Earned run off Kershaw, but if not for the error he would have had a DP earlier in inning and been home free.

  33. WBBsAs

    Yasiel is not the only notable Puig:

    • scooplew


      • mike_tink

        there’s also a Puig in the ML section of b-r; appears to be an Anglo to my eyes

        • foul tip

          And Monica Puig, pro lady tennis player from Puerto Rico. Won at least match at Wimbledon this year.

  34. scooplew

    Gordon, the only Dodger whose first name is his letter grade.

  35. Oh he got that one!

  36. KT


  37. KT

    Bill Plunkett ‏@billplunkettocr7m
    8 Rs for Kershaw? #Dodgers lineup acting like neglectful parent trying to make up for everything with 1 gut-busting trip to ice cream parlor

  38. KT

    Los Angeles Dodgers ‏@Dodgers 53s

    Blue Heaven on Earth from the Goodyear Blimp:


  39. foul tip

    So, Mark Ellis with 6 is now just one HR behind Ethier.

    Interesting seeing Clayton take a return throw from Ellis barehanded out of frustration with a pitch a bit ago. If this had been May or June, he’d probably have fractured a finger on his pitching hand.

    But you know what? It ain’t May or June anymore.

    Still, Clayton, please don’t do that.

  40. KT


  41. I’m glad Longoria enjoyed executing that hidden ball trick, it’s the only thing he’s going to enjoy all weekend.

  42. KT

    We was robbed!!

    • scooplew

      As a Brooklyn native, I prefer the spelling “wuz.” LOL.

  43. bluegeorge

    I’m thinking of that young Bay Area Dodgers fan who told his school assembly – in that video that went viral – about how the giants winning the series was the worst day of his life. Must be a great summer for that kid.

  44. Ugh, third error for Dee.

  45. btimmer

    Dee Offerman tonight.

  46. 4d3fect

    Dee Gordon, the next Henry Skrimshander?

  47. btimmer

    Since 1893, the most errors in a game by a shortstop in a 9-inning game is 5. That was last done by Donie Bush in 1911.

    Three shortstops have made four errors in an inning: Shorty Fuller in 1888, Ray Chapman in 1914, and Lennie Merullo in 1942.

  48. KT

    J.P. Hoornstra ‏@jphoornstra3m
    That last run was unearned, so Clayton Kershaw’s ERA is at 1.88 for the season.

  49. TAFKA_Gagne55

    Kershaw is at 102 pitches so with a 6 run lead, I think it’ll be another Marmol game.

  50. Put the children to bed, it’s Marmol time!

  51. KT

    Ball Game Dodgers Win!!!!

    17 games over .500

    won 10 of last 11 gms, 20-3 since ASB, 37-8 since 6/22

    7.5 gms ahead of the Dbags,

    #3 seed, 4.5 gms back of the #1 seed

    15 straight series win or tie 11-0-4

    Series Sweep, Still Streaking!!!!

  52. Bob_Hendley

    Sweet sweep!

  53. KT

    Marmol looked good

    • Bob_Hendley

      He did indeed.

    • foul tip

      Broadcasters commenting on Dodgers trying to get him to get lower half of his body into his pitches.

      Suggest video tape Nolan Ryan and Tom Seaver.

  54. KT

    I know some of you
    don’t care about the #1 seed in the NL or think it’s too soon but here it is:

    Dodgers in 3th place in the NL standings, tied with the

    3 games behind the Bucs.

    4.5 games behind the Barves….very obtainable…Go BLUE!!!!

    • John_from_Aus

      dareI say it, I’m starting to care, as 7.5 lead is pretty big

  55. Mets, Phils, and Marlins coming up… time to run away with it.

  56. KT

    Los Angeles Dodgers ‏@Dodgers9m
    RECAP: @ClaytonKersh22 tosses eight dominant innings in #Dodgers’ 8-2 win over Rays.

    • foul tip

      If the best you can do is .509, you ought to be 7.5 back, if not more.

  57. foul tip

    Graphic about Kershaw having best ERA with 1000 innings in the modern era is all the more notable because of numbers 2 & 3 on list….Whitey Ford and Sandy Koufax.

    What strikes me is that all 3 of those greats are lefties. If you put a lot of stock in lefty/righty stuff, all the more remarkable given the dominant number of right handed hitters.

    • Guest

      Carlos Marmol…..9 pitches, 8 strikes. Was that THE Carlos Marmol? ;-])

  58. KT

    Los Angeles Dodgers ‏@Dodgers49s
    Clayton Kershaw is 49-0 in his career when he gets four or more runs of support.

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