The future is promising for the Mets’ core of young arms. If any of them can approach what the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw has done, they also can be called special.
Kershaw, making his 250th career start, struck out 13 Mets and gave up just three hits in Thursday night’s 5-0 blanking of the Mets.
Kershaw, now 5-1, has posted double-digit strikeouts in his last five starts. Just as important as strikeouts, if not even more vital, is he’s only walked four hitters all season.
“Walking guys is how you get in trouble,” Kershaw told reporters. “I’d rather string hits together and make them swing the bats to beat me. That’s always my mentality.
“`Fortunately, I feel like my mechanics have felt pretty solid the whole season and I’m able to repeat pitches pretty consistently.”
After watching Kershaw, one could only hope Matt Harvey – Friday’s starter in Colorado – was taking notes.
METS GAME WRAP
Game: #34 Record: 21-13 Streak: L 1
Standings: Tied First, NL East
Runs: 137 Average per game: 4.3 Times scoring 3 runs or less: 14
SUMMARY: Kershaw struck out 13 and gave up three hits, and the Dodgers scored five runs in the first two innings and coasted from there. The Mets never had as many as two runners on base in any inning.
KEY MOMENT: For all practical purposes, the game was over with Yasmani Grandal’s three-run homer in the first.
EXTRA INNINGS: Wilmer Flores (hamstring) was placed on the disabled list. … Utley is 10-for-20 with a homer lifetime against Colon.
QUOTEBOOK: “He never gives in. He doesn’t have to stay in the zone to get you out. He’s so dominant.’’ – Mets manager Terry Collins on Kershaw.
BY THE NUMBERS: 4: Times Mets have been shutout this year.
NEXT FOR METS: Harvey starts Friday at Colorado.