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The future Hall of Famer - Clayton Kershaw

The future Hall of Famer, Clayton Kershaw is now 35 years old, and even with three Cy Young awards, an NL MVP, and a World Series championship on his resume, he continues to be a reliable act of dominance on the mound. In his 16th season, Kershaw has a win-loss record of 8-4, 93 strikeouts, and an Earned Run Average (ERA) of 2.95 and with a career ERA of 2.49.

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In another grueling season of Dodgers starting pitchers becoming riddled with injuries, the team looks to fall back on the leadership from Kershaw.

Currently, the Dodgers rotation sees Julio Urías, Dustin May, Noah Syndergaard, Ryan Pepiot, and Walker Beuhler all on the injured list (IL) for at least 15 days or more. With so much talent still left to recover, the rotation now holds Tony Gonsolin, Michael Grove, promising rookie Bobby Biller, and of course Kershaw.

Kershaw’s most recent heroics came on the road when the Dodgers were down two games in a series against the Cincinnati Reds. To avoid being swept, Kershaw dialed in his best stuff and struck out nine batters in seven innings for the win.

“It seems like every time Clayton is taking the mound, this is a must-win or he’s gotta go deep and cover innings. He did just that,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.

Going deep into games and continuously taking the mound is a job Kershaw has tackled for a significant portion of his career. He has pitched over 200 innings in a season five times and has pitched at least 30 games in a season six different times. Earlier this season, Kershaw secured his 200th career win and is now two games away from his 12th double-digit win season. Via: Instagram @dodgers

If Kershaw can continue to have the all-star season he is producing, and the young pitchers can hold off enough for the bullpen to take over games, the Dodgers have a chance at staying close to Arizona while the rest of the rotation recovers.

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