During his start against the Milwaukee Brewers, Clayton Kershaw struck out seven hitters to give him 2,288 for his career, passing Don Drysdale for second on the all-time Los Angeles Dodgers strikeout list.
Kershaw now only sits behind Don Sutton (2,696) for the Los Angeles franchise record, although he also is behind Drysdale and Sandy Koufax for the Dodgers all-time record dating back to their days in Brooklyn.
The 12-year Major League career of Kershaw’s has been Hall-of-Fame worthy as he has been named an All-Star seven times in addition to winning three National League Cy Young Awards and an NL MVP.
He reached the 2,000-strikeout milestone for his career in 2017 and later that season set a franchise record by logging 200 punch outs in seven seasons.
The 31-year-old signed a three-year extension to remain with the Dodgers through the 2021 season, so he should have a solid chance to catch Sutton and break other records as well.
For his career, Kershaw has struck out his 2,288 batters in 2,109.1 innings, which is good for a 9.8 strikeout per nine innings average.
Injuries have plagued Kershaw a bit the last few seasons and he began 2019 on the 10-day injured list after suffering from shoulder inflammation during Spring Training.
In his two starts since returning, Kershaw has still pitched like an All-Star as he does not have a decision but has pitched to a 2.77 ERA, 4.01 FIP and 0.85 WHIP with a combined 13 strikeouts and four walks over 13 innings.