The pace of May was slow.
Clayton Kershaw (35, LA Dodgers) only added one win in May. Kershaw started on the 28th (hereinafter Korean time) in an away game against the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2023 major league held at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA, 5 innings, 6 hits (1 home run), 6 strikeouts, 2 walks and 4 runs. I couldn’t.안전놀이터
Kershaw recorded 5 wins and 1 loss with an average ERA of 1.89 in 6 games in April alone, and was evaluated as having reached his second prime. Thanks to this, he even tied Max Scherzer (39, New York Mets) for the most wins in the major league active career.
Kershaw, however, slowed down in May. He stagnated with an ERA of 5.55 with 1 win and 3 losses in 5 games. He lost to the San Diego Padres on the 6th with 4 runs in 4⅔ innings. He became the winning pitcher by allowing 1 run in 7 innings against the Milwaukee Blues on the 11th, but thereafter he had no ties with winning 3 consecutive games.
He suffered a loss against the Minnesota Twins on the 17th with 2 runs in 4 innings and a loss against the St. Louis Cardinals on the 22nd with 4 runs in 3⅔ innings. And on this day, he filled 5 innings against Tampa Bay, but failed to meet the victory requirements by allowing 4 runs. He had a batting average of 0.175 and a WHIP of 0.76 in April, but his batting average and WHIP rose to 0.313 and a WHIP of 1.73 in May.
After two outs in the first inning, Kershaw hit Harold Ramirez with a 92-mile four-seam to the right, and then Randy Arozarena balked at the plate. It was a mistake Kershaw seldom made. In the second inning, he made a three-way attack with a four-seam in the early 90s, a curveball, and a slider. He was in trouble in the third inning after being hit by left fielder Tyler Walls and committing a wild throw, but he also showed good crisis management skills.
The batting order gave up 2 runs in 4-5 innings with more than one lap. After giving up a walk to lead hitter Randy Arozarena in the 4th inning, he gave Christian Betancourt a double from the left as the slider went high. The slider went into the middle of Manuel Margot, and he got a 1 RBI hit. In the 5th inning, Ramirez was allowed a two-run four in the right middle as he went into a high course where a four-seam could hit the first pitch of 92 miles. As the batting line turned around with 2 runs in the 7th inning, Kershaw escaped defeat.
While Kershaw stagnated after winning his 203rd career win against Milwaukee on the 11th, Scherzer, who has the most wins in his career, won consecutive wins against the Washington Nationals on the 15th and against the Colorado Rockies on the 27th, reaching 205 wins. Scherzer has struggled with injuries in the early stages of this season, but he still pitches that count when he gets on the mound. Average ERA of 3.38 with 1 win and 1 loss in 3 games in April and 2 wins and 1 loss with ERA of 3.38 in 4 games in May. Although there is a distance from the appearance of the best of his heyday, his sense of stability is still the same. He spends the second season of a three-year, $130 million (approximately 172.6 billion won) contract.
Rather, Scherzer started chasing the 224 wins of Jack Greinke (40, Kansas City Royals), who is second in the most wins in his career. Greinke is definitely not good, going 1-5 with a 4.55 ERA in 11 games this season. The decline of his skills is evident. Of course, given that Kershaw is 4 years younger than Scherzer, it is only a matter of time before he eventually surpasses Greinke as well as Scherzer.
As such, the competition between Scherzer and Kershaw, the No. Anyway, since Kershaw signed a one-year contract with the Dodgers, it is expected that he will be able to surpass Scherzer and Greinke only if he proves his skills every year. He has to overcome May’s sluggishness somehow. Ultimately, Kershaw is also the candidate who can aim for the 246 wins of Justin Verlander (40, New York Mets), who has the most wins in his career.