Kershaw locks up NL pitching Triple Crown

Kershaw locks up NL pitching Triple Crown

PHOENIX -- Dodgers Cy Young candidate Clayton Kershaw officially won the National League pitchers Triple Crown on Monday night without even pitching.

Kershaw finished the season tying with Arizona's Ian Kennedy for the league lead with 21 wins, and when Cliff Lee struck out six in six innings Monday night, it assured Kershaw of the most strikeouts in the league at 248 and the ERA title at 2.28.

Kershaw is the 30th overall and 16th NL pitching Triple Crown winner since 1900 and the first Dodger since Sandy Koufax in 1966.

He also leads the league in opponents batting average (.207). According to Elias, at 23 Kershaw is the youngest 20-game winner in the Major Leagues since Dwight Gooden in 1985 and the youngest Dodgers 20-game winner since Ralph Branca in 1947.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.