Did Kershaw do enough for Cy Young?

October, 3, 2012
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Clayton KershawHarry How/Getty ImagesClayton Kershaw clinched the NL ERA title for the second consecutive season.

LOS ANGELES -- The crowd was subdued and the lineups had a spring-training feel by the fifth inning. It wasn't exactly the atmosphere Clayton Kershaw was hoping for in his final 2012 start.

"Probably a lot of guys wouldn't have wanted to pitch tonight -- ah, what's it matter? -- but he just goes out and competes," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.

Actually, it wasn't entirely meaningless. Kershaw locked up the National League ERA title for the second straight season with eight strong innings in the Dodgers' 5-1 win over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday. Was it enough to get him his second straight Cy Young Award?

The Dodgers didn't give him the run support of 2011, so he's going to have to sweat it out. Kershaw finished second in the league in strikeouts, one behind R.A. Dickey. He led the league in WHIP (1.02) and was second in innings pitched.

Kershaw was hoping to pitch the game that would get the Dodgers into a play-in game with the St. Louis Cardinals for the wild-card berth, but the Dodgers lost Tuesday night to the Giants, ending the race. He said he's not fixated on whether he's deserving of postseason awards.

"I don't care. It doesn't matter. I just want to pitch," Kershaw said. "It was fun today to get a win and hopefully just kind of build off these last nine games we played for next year."

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Zack Greinke
WINS ERA SO IP
11 2.90 130 124
OTHER LEADERS
BAY. Puig .308
HRA. Gonzalez 15
RBIA. Gonzalez 65
RD. Gordon 54
OPSY. Puig .916
ERAC. Kershaw 1.92
SOC. Kershaw 134