The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Mets 1-0 behind an 11-strikeout performance from Kershaw. We take a look at what made it significant.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Kershaw became the first pitcher in the modern era (since 1900) to have three straight starts without allowing a run, while striking out at least 10 batters and walking none. The only pitcher to do this in two straight games in the modern era is Cy Young, who accomplished the feat in 1905.
Thursday marked the 11th career shutout for Kershaw. He now has pitched 29 consecutive scoreless innings and has recorded 45 strikeouts since he last issued a walk.
Through his first 20 starts this season, Kershaw has pitched nine games with at least 10 strikeouts, most among NL pitchers. It's also his most through 20 starts in the past five seasons.
Kershaw has struck out 34 percent of the batters he has faced this season. In the expansion era (since 1961), the only starters to qualify for the ERA title and strike out a higher percentage of batters in a given season are Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez. Johnson did it five times and Martinez did it twice.
Kerry Wood (1998) is the only other starter in that time to strike out at least one third of the batters he faced in a qualifying season (along with Johnson and Martinez).
Don't forget about Greinke
Kershaw isn't the only Dodgers pitcher on a hot streak. Teammate Zack Greinke is working on a scoreless streak of 43⅔ innings.
In the expansion era, the only pair of teammates other than Kershaw and Greinke to have scoreless inning streaks of at least 29 innings in the same season (regardless of if they were simultaneous) are Pedro Martinez and Derek Lowe in 2002, per the Elias Sports Bureau.
Greinke and Kershaw have combined for a dominant month of July. They have allowed one ER in 56 IP (0.16 ERA) during the month, and they have a 0.54 WHIP (27 H, 3 BB in 56 IP).