Kershaw is in the midst of one of the greatest stretches ever for any left-hander. He's won three straight ERA titles and is 51-23 with a 2.21 ERA over the past three seasons, finishing first, second and first in the Cy Young voting. If the Dodgers had given him a little better run support in 2012, when he won 14 games, he'd probably be going for a fourth straight Cy Young Award.
What can Kershaw do for an encore after posting a 1.83 ERA in 2013? After holding batters to an .080 average with 80 strikeouts and no walks and no extra-base hits against his curveball? (Batters were 14-for-146 against it.) After allowing no runs or one run in 16 of his 33 regular-season starts?
The projection systems have his ERA right around 2.25 or so. ZiPS has it at 2.26 so let's make that our over/under.