Clayton Kershaw SP LAD 5 Months

Kershaw registered his 20th victory of the season Friday afternoon, as he allowed three earned runs on seven hits and three walks while piling up nine strikeouts in a 14-5 rout of the Cubs.

Kershaw certainly was not at top form Friday, but he did not have to be after the Dodgers' lineup plated six runs in the top of the first and 14 total for the afternoon. The 26-year-old southpaw has now reached the 20-win threshold for the second time in his career and seems to be a virtual lock to pick up his third NL Cy Young Award. Kershaw is slated to make one more regular season start in 2014, which should come Wednesday against the Giants.

Clayton Kershaw SP LAD 6 Months

Kershaw tossed eight innings of two-run ball Sunday against the Giants to improve to 19-3.

...and his ERA actually goes up, from 1.67 to 1.70. We could cherry-pick from among a host of unbelievable stats on Kershaw's 2015 campaign, but for now we'll just note that he's gone at least eight innings in each of his last seven starts.

Clayton Kershaw SP LAD 6 Months

Kershaw allowed three runs, only one of them earned, on three hits and two walks while striking out eight Padres on Monday for his league-leading 18th win of the season.

Kershaw was hurt by some shoddy Dodgers defense, but pitched his way out of any major damage. The lefty is getting National League MVP buzz to go along with his shoe-in Cy Young Award status. Only seven pitchers have won both awards in either league, Justin Verlander being the most recent in 2011. Kershaw will face the rival Giants on the road Sunday.

Clayton Kershaw SP LAD 6 Months

Kershaw pitched another gem Tuesday, pitching eight innings of one-run ball against the Nationals to pick up his 17th win of the year, while allowing just three hits and two walks and striking out eight batters.

At 17-3 with a 1.70 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and an astonishing 202:25 K:BB ratio in 169.1 innings pitched, what's left for Kershaw to prove? The guy is just having a season for the ages. Just think what could have been if he didn't miss the first month of the season. His next start is set for Tuesday at home against the Padres.

Clayton Kershaw SP LAD 6 Months

Kershaw was masterful again Wednesday, allowing a run (unearned) on six hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts in a victory over the Diamondbacks.

It's the thrid double-digit strikeout game for Kershaw in a row and the sixth overall. He's fanned at least nine batters seven more times. Kershaw has gone at least seven innings in 14 straight starts dating back to June 8 and allowed more than three runs only once all season. The left-hander will face the Nationals on Tuesday.

Clayton Kershaw SP LAD 6 Months

Kershaw was his usual dominant self Thursday against the Padres, tossing eight innings of one-run ball, allowing three hits, and fanning 10.

Kershaw improved to 15-3 with a 1.82 ERA. He's gone at least seven innings in each of his last 13 starts while allowing more than three earned runs just once all year.

Clayton Kershaw SP LAD 6 Months

Kershaw will start Thursday against the Padres, Ken Gurnick of reports.

The Dodgers will take advantage of Monday's off day and push Zack Greinke from Thursday to Saturday, affording him some extra rest for his ailing elbow. Kershaw will move up a day to oppose right-hander Tyson Ross in the finale against San Diego, but he'll still be on regular rest.

Clayton Kershaw SP LAD 6 Months

Kershaw struck out 11, but gave up three runs on five hits over a complete game losing effort against the Brewers on Saturday night.

He was efficient, taking just 97 pitches to get 27 outs, but the Brewers managed to take Kershaw deep twice, and the home runs from Ryan Braun and Carlos Gomez were all the offense Yovani Gallardo needed Saturday. Kershaw will look to get back in the win column Friday against the Mets in his next scheduled start.

Clayton Kershaw SP LAD 7 Months

Kershaw tossed eight strong innings in Sunday's road win over Milwaukee, allowing six hits and one run while striking out six and walking two.

Kershaw, who needed 100 pitches (66 of which were strikes) to get through eight, lowered his MLB-best ERA to 1.78 in the process. Simply put, there's no better pitcher in baseball, with Kershaw set to face the Brewers again in his next start, this time at home on Friday.

Clayton Kershaw SP LAD 7 Months

Kershaw allowed three runs on seven hits, walking two and striking out seven over seven innings Tuesday against the Angels.

The Halos got to Kershaw early, scoring all three runs over the first three innings, but the left-hander would settle in and hold them scoreless over the final four frames. He didn't allow a single hit after the third inning, and retired the final 14 of 16 batters he faced. Kershaw was in line for the win, but Brian Wilson coughed up another lead in the eighth inning. He'll search for his 14th win when he takes on the Brewers in Milwaukee on Sunday.