Clayton Kershaw may have clinched the pitching triple crown barring an out of order appearance by Ian Kennedy in the next three games. He finished the season first in Wins (tied), ERA and strikeouts. His record puts him in strong contention for the Cy Young Award. However, it is not an absolute lock. He trails the Phillie’s Halladay and/or Lee in several other stats including WAR for pitchers, Bases On Balls per 9 IP, complete games and shutouts.
One area where Kershaw is head and heals above his peers is his commitment to an orphanage for vulnerable children in Lusaka, Zambia. He promised to donate $100 for every strikeout he pitched this year. Finishing with 248, Clayton will donate $24,800 out of his $5oo,ooo salary, almost 5% of his check before taxes and other deductions. It is like Hiroki Kuroda making a $595,200 donation. This is one of the best stories of the year.
Matt Kemp did not make much progress in his quest for the Triple Crown. Entering today’s game, Kemp is tied with Albert Pujols for the league lead in homers with 37, he leads the league in RBIs with 120, and his batting average of .324 is third in the league, seven points behind Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun. Kemp needs to go 7 for 14 in his last three games to raise his average to .32836 and three home runs to reach the elusive 40/40 club. If Ryan Braun goes 2 for 14 in his last games, he will finish just below Kemp at .32807.
Dana Eveland, who will probably be pitching his last game as a Dodger, goes up against Daniel Hudson tonight.
This Day in Dodgers History
September 26, 1997 – In a 10-4 win over the Rockies, Dodger catcher Mike Piazza hits the longest home run in the history of Coors Field. The 28-year old backstop’s sixth-inning blast travels 496 feet and hits the left center field billboard between the scoreboard and Rock pile.