yes, the kountdown to 3,000 strikeouts for clayton kershaw continues as he pitched against the yankees on friday night. he struck out 9 batters to give him 84 strikeouts on the season. those 9 yankees that he k'd increased his career total to 2,891.
in honor of his performance, here are 9 cards to represent strikouts 2,883 through 2,891.
2,883 - 2014 topps archives 1987 all-stars
2,884 - 2016 topps walmart marketside pizza
2,885 - 2020 topps heritage
2,886 - 2020 topps opening day
2,888 - 2021 topps 1952 redux chrome
2,889 - 2021 topps chrome black
2,890 - 2021 topps gallery masters of the craft
2,891 - 2022 topps finest flashbacks
kershaw remains in 21st place on the all-time leader board, and will remain there until he passes zack greinke, who struck out 6 earlier in the week to increase his strikeout total to 2,929. kershaw is now 38 k's behind greinke and 109 behind the 3,000 milestone.
kershaw's start against the yankees was a bit of a bounce-back performance following a lackluster month of may. he picked up his seventh win of the season and went seven strong innings while matching his season high for strikeouts. the win marked the first of his career over the yankees, and gave him a victory over every major league team (other than the dodgers, of course). he has made 12 starts so far in 2023 and is averaging 7 k's per start. at this pace, he needs to make 16 more starts to reach 3,000 strikeouts. he is definitely on that pace, although he hasn't made 28 starts in a season since 2019. fingers crossed!
it would seem that kershaw's next start would come later this week against the reds in cincinnati. regardless of when he makes his next start, i will be back to update the kountdown soon thereafter. stay tuned!