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Kershaw Conquers 300 K’s

Kershaw_1_1366Kershaw came into Sunday needing six strikeouts to reach the 300 strikeout plateau. That dosen’t even sound like a full days work for Clayton Kershaw. But, he also came into this outing knowing that he was not going to pitch a full days work because of the impending play-offs. Thus, he had to make to make quick of the San Diego Padres.

So he did just that as he struck out six in the first three innings. Kershaw went a total of 3 2/3 innings in the final game of the season Sunday giving up only 2 hits, no runs while striking out a total of 7 Padres giving him 301 strikeouts for the season. Melvin Upton Jr. was his 300th victim, going down swinging to end the frame.

In doing so, Kershaw became the 34th different pitcher in MLB history to reach 300 strikeouts in a single season. That’s according to records dating back to 1901, when strikeouts were first recorded. Kershaw is the third pitcher to reach the mark since the year 2000 and only the 2nd Dodger ever to reach that plateau, the other being Sandy Kofax. Randy Johnson (334) and Curt Schilling (316) got there as Arizona Diamondbacks in teammates 2002. kershaw_mound_1000

Kershaw is now part of some very elite company by accomplishing this feat at the age of 27. The last 2 pitchers to accomplish 300 strikeouts in a single season was Randy Johnson (334) and Curt Schilling (316) got there as Arizona Diamondbacks in teammates 2002. Others on that list include Walter Johnson, Bob Feller, Nolan Ryan and Pedro Martinez. Sandy Koufax is the only Dodgers’ pitcher to reach 300. Both Randy Johnson and Nolan Ryan have done it six times, which is more than any other pitcher.

But, there is one feat, that every pitcher dreams of, that has eluded Kershaw. He has yet to pitch well in the post-season. While Kershaw holds a 114-56 record with a 2.43 ERA in his career during the regular season, he is 1-5 with a 5.12 ERA in the postseason.

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