MLB Weekly Digest August 24th Edition: Kershaw Reaches Milestone

MLB Weekly Digest August 24th Edition: Kershaw Reaches Milestone

The prior week in MLB was about a starting pitcher in the National League reaching a significant career milestone, a club in the American League loses a vital part of their bullpen to injury, and a pitcher will undergo season-ending surgery.

Los Angeles Dodgers Starting Pitcher Clayton Kershaw Reaches Major Milestone

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw reached a significant career milestone in his last start against the Seattle Mariners.

He has the second-most strikeouts in Dodgers’ history as he surpassed Don Drysdale during the outing.

The milestone for Kershaw happened during the fifth inning against Shed Long Jr.

Kershaw will set his sights on Don Sutton, who holds the franchise record with 2,696 strikeouts during his 16 years with the Dodgers.

Kershaw has been a phenomenal pitcher during his 13 years with the Dodgers.

The left-hander has won multiple Cy Young awards, one MVP, and been selected as an All-Star eight times.

Kershaw has thrown the ball exceptionally well during the 2020 season, as indicated by a 2.25 ERA in 24 innings pitched (four starts) with 29 strikeouts, four walks, five home runs yielded, a 194 ERA+, and a 0.79 WHIP.

The only thing missing from Kershaw’s impeccable resume is a World Series title, and, hopefully, he can get that title this year.

New York Yankees Place Reliever Zack Britton on Injured List with Hamstring Strain

The New York Yankees will be without a critical member of their bullpen as they placed reliever Zack Britton on the injured list with a strained left hamstring, per a team announcement.

Britton has been great in the bullpen for the Yankees this year.

He has posted a 2.00 ERA in nine innings pitched (10 games) with nine strikeouts, zero home runs allowed, and a 2.51 FIP.

Britton has successfully converted all eight of his save opportunities while being the team’s closer.

The Yankees did activate reliever Aroldis Chapman from the COVID-19 injured list last week, but losing Britton is a significant blow to their bullpen.

The left-hander typically occupies the setup role for Chapman.

The Yankees will have to rely on another individual for the eighth inning with Britton injured.

Britton is not the only valuable player for the Yankees on the IL, as starting pitcher James Paxton, shortstop Gleyber Torres, second baseman DJ LeMahieu, and outfielders Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton are dealing with injuries.

Tampa Bay Rays Pitcher Yonny Chirinos Will Undergo Tommy John Surgery

The Tampa Bay Rays will be without a critical pitcher for the rest of the 2020 season as right-hander Yonny Chirinos will undergo Tommy John surgery, as manager Rays’ manager Kevin Cash told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times on Friday.

Cash added he expects Chirinos to miss all of the 2021 MLB season as well, per Topkin.

Chirinos just returned to the Rays on Aug. 16 after dealing with a triceps injury.

The loss of Chirinos is substantial for the Rays as he has been a very dependable pitcher during his three years with the club, as indicated by him compiling a 3.65 ERA in 234 1/3 innings pitched within that period.

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