Can awards seem almost routine? With Clayton Kershaw, it's looking that way.
Kershaw has been named the National League’s pitcher of the month. Again.
Safe to say he’s on a roll. He was also the NL pitcher of the month for June. It’s the fourth overall monthly honor for Kershaw, 26, in his six-year career.
In five July starts (three complete games), Kershaw went 4-0 with a 1.07 ERA, allowing five earned runs in a league-best 42 innings. All of his numbers were pretty crazy: He also struck out 43 and walked four, and held opponents to a .165 batting average.
He also finished off a 41-inning scoreless streak started in June. Overall he has won 10 consecutive decisions and is 13-2 with a major-league best 1.71 ERA.
Kershaw is the first Dodger to win back-to-back pitcher of the month honors since Don Sutton in 1975. [Update at 7 p.m.:] The Dodgers said Burt Hooton also went back-to-back in 1975.
Matt Kemp was also named the NL player of the week. Kemp had five home runs and nine RBI last week.