Amid one of the most forgettable seasons in Los Angeles Dodgers history, a bright spot has been the continued emergence of left handed starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw. Going into Saturday’s start versus the Astros, Kershaw is 13-5, with a 2.79 ERA. The 23-year-old has compiled 184 strikeouts, while only walking 45 batters all season.
The Dallas native was selected with the seventh pick in the 2006 draft, out of prestigious Highland Park High School. Since arriving in LA, the lefty has most certainly lived up to expectation.
Kershaw’s career strikeout-to-walk ratio is nearly 3 to 1 and during each of the last three seasons, Kershaw has posted ERA’s below three. His overall record is only 11 games above .500, but that has far more to do with run support than pitching prowess.
Wednesday, prior to the Phillies vs. Dodgers game at Dodger Stadium, Kershaw spent several minutes in the leftfield corner, posing for photos and signing autographs for fans.
Check out the ifollosports.com original video of this event.
Giving time to fans has been a hallmark of the Dodgers this season. Take a look at ifollosports.com original videos of pitcher Chad Billingsley, outfielder Andre Ethier and manager Don Mattingly also providing fans with ample time.
Perhaps Frank McCourt, the embattled Dodgers owner, could learn a thing or two from his players and skipper.