When Clayton Kershaw took the mound for his 26th start of the season, he did so against a team he historically beats up on. In terms of Dodgers, with his win on Friday night, Kershaw took over sole possession of 2nd place when it comes to most consecutive starts vs any opponent with no losses to start his MLB career. He earned his 10th win against the Mets in his 15th start vs the Amazin’s.
The all-time MLB record is held by Juan Marichal opened his career vs the Mets with 22 starts against New York with no losses.
For Kershaw on Friday night, he also moved up in the all time MLB record book in another category.
Clayton Kershaw has now passed Andy Pettitte for 44th on the all-time strikeouts list (2,449). He's four behind tying Sam McDowell for 43rd.
— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) September 14, 2019
Growing up in Texas, Clayton cites Andy Pettitte as one of his heroes. Pettitte went to high school in Texas, and later pitched 3 seasons for the Houston Astros during Kershaw’s high school years.
The outing on Friday for Kershaw was welcome for the left-hander. He had been on a 4 game skid where his ERA sat at 5.73 (14 ER in 22 IP), losing 3 in a row. Luckily for Clayton, he had history on his side as he had never lost 4 consecutive starts in his career.
However, he did continue an unwelcome trend by serving up his 8th first inning home run. He’s now allowed a career high 25 home runs in 2019.
On the season, Kershaw’s record now sits at 14-5 — his 14 wins are tied for 4th most in the National League — with a 3.05 ERA in 165.1 innings pitched.