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Clayton Kershaw shuts down Marlins, lowers ERA to 1.72

Los Angeles Dodgers v Philadelphia Phillies

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 17: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citizens Bank Park on August 17, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)

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Clayton Kershaw did what you’d expect him to do against the lowly Marlins this afternoon, tossing eight shutout innings versus a lineup featuring two guys slugging above .385.

In doing so Kershaw lowered his ERA to 1.72, which would be the fourth-lowest among all pitchers with 150 or more innings since the mound was lowered in 1969:

Dwight Gooden 1985 1.53
Greg Maddux 1994 1.56
Greg Maddux 1995 1.63
Pedro Martinez 2000 1.74
Ron Guidry 1978 1.74

Also of note: Dating back to 1969 the only left-handed pitchers with 150-plus innings and a sub-2.00 ERA are Ron Guidry, Vida Blue, Wilbur Wood, John Tudor, and Steve Carlton. This is the third straight season in which Kershaw has led the National League in ERA and his career mark of 2.61 is the lowest of any starting pitcher in the post-1969 era.

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