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By Jon Weisman
What’s the best part of Clayton Kershaw’s 36-inning scoreless streak, now the third-longest in Dodger history after his latest magical act, taming Coors Field in a 9-0 Dodger victory?
- That he’s struck out 35 percent of the batters he has faced?
- That opponents have an OPS against him – not batting average, but OPS – of .292?
- That 18 of the 36 innings have been perfect innings?
- That while opponents are batting .124 against him, Kershaw has hit .273 against his opponents?
For me, I think it’s this:
Not only have no runners scored in Kershaw’s past 36 innings, but only three have reached third base – two of those thanks to errors. Kershaw has faced 129 batters, and only one has reached third base via hits or walks.
Only six other runners have reached second base. That means in 36 innings, a grand total of nine runners have been in scoring position. Even if all nine of those runners scored, Kershaw’s ERA in this period would only be 2.25.
Instead, of course, it’s 0.00.
For all this data and more, click on this batter-by-batter breakdown of Kershaw’s streak below to enlarge.