Kershaw NL Pitcher of the Month, Road Win Streak Reaches 15: Dodgers 3, Cardinals 2

Clayton Kershaw, NL Pitcher of the Month for July 2013. 4-1 record, 1.34 ERA in 47 innings pitched. (Image source: Los Angeles Dodgers’ Facebook Page, direct link at https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc1/p480x480/1005677_10152095054658508_2023459023_n.jpg)

The Blog has had some unforseen busy-ness the past few days that have kept the postings and recaps to a minimum, but would like to briefly acknowledge a few little (and maybe big!) things.

-Dee Gordon has been recalled from AAA Albuquerque, taking Stephen Fife’s spot on the 25 man major league roster.  He was on the bench for last night’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

-Zack Greinke outdueled Adam Wainwright and picked up an RBI single that turned out to be the game decided in last night’s 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

-After sweeping the Cubs over the weekend and beating the Cardinals Monday night, the Dodger road win streak is at 15 games, a franchise record.  The all-time Major League record for consecutive road wins is held by the 1916 New York Giants at 17.

-The last three teams the Dodgers fielded that had road win streaks of 11 or 12 games (1924, 1947, 1955) all finished strong, with the ’24 Dodgers (12 game streak) finishing in second place with 92 wins, the ’47 Dodgers (11 game streak) winning the pennant but falling to the Yankees in 7 games of World Series play, and the 1955 Dodgers (also 11 games) winning the World Series over the rival Yankees.

-With the Arizona Diamondbacks idle, the Dodgers extended their division lead to 6 games with a 62-49 record.  With 51 games remaining on the schedule, the Dodgers’ “Magic Number” to clinch the National League West stands at 46.  While it’s a bit early to keep a daily eye on the Magic Number, it is worth noting where it is occasionally as the team holds the division lead heading into the first full week of August.

-Clayton Kershaw won the July NL Pitcher Of The Month award.  In July Kershaw was 4-1 with a 1.34 ERA in six starts over 47 innings pitched.  This was Kershaw’s 4th-lowest monthly ERA in his career.  Eric Stephen at True Blue L.A. looks at Kershaw’s month and summarizes his Top 5 months in terms of lowest ERA ever (he has twice had months with an ERA under 1!)  There seems to be a common theme with Kershaw in terms of his performance in September according to Stephen’s chart.

Just to get some fan feedback – what are your thoughts on where the Dodgers finish this year?  The Blog experiments and conducts its first fan poll.

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