Dodgers: Five Bold Predictions for the Second Half
Prediction: Kershaw wins 24 games en route to his 4th Cy Young award
Clayton Kershaw comes into the second half with 14 wins, which is already the most he’s ever had at the start of the second half of the season. My guess is that Clayton comes out with a chip on his shoulder after Joe Maddon went out of his way to say he would’ve started Scherzer even if Kershaw was able to start the All-Star game. What’s more dangerous than a motivated player? How about the best pitcher of our generation with tons of motivation.
Kershaw will win 24 games this season and edge out Max Scherzer and teammate Alex Wood to capture his fourth Cy Young award. Clayton will finish the season 24-4, which will set a career high in wins for him.
The most wins Kershaw has ever had in a season is 21, which he did twice in 2011 and 2014, which were also Cy Young seasons. By winning 24 games, Kershaw will edge out Max Scherzer who will finish with a slightly lower ERA but far fewer wins due to the Nationals’ shaky bullpen.
Although it seemed to take Kershaw a little while to start dominating, he ended the first half with three straight double-digit strikeout games, and he only allowed two runs over the three starts combined. Kershaw has always been a second half guy and this season will be no different which is scary. Enjoy watching yet another dominant season from Clayton Kershaw; he won’t be playing forever.