Clayton Kershaw: First Dodger With Back-To-Back 200-Strikeout Seasons Since 2001

Clayton Kershaw is the first Dodgers pitcher with back-to-back 200-strikeout seasons since Chan Ho Park in 2000-2001.

Clayton Kershaw struck out Matt Holliday of the Cardinals swinging in the first inning Tuesday night at Busch Stadium, the first strikeout of the night for Kershaw and his 200th of the season. Kershaw is the 10th Dodgers pitcher ever to strikeout 200 or more batters in successive seasons, and the first since Chan Ho Park 10 years ago.

Dodgers With Back-to-Back 200-Strikeout Seasons
Pitcher Years
Clayton Kershaw 2010-2011
Chan Ho Park 2000-2001
Kevin Brown 1999-2000
Hideo Nomo 1995-1997
Fernando Valenzuela 1984-1986
Andy Messersmith 1974-1975
Don Sutton 1969-1970, 1972-1973
Sandy Koufax 1961-1966
Don Drysdale 1959-1960, 1962-1965
Dazzy Vance 1924-1925


Kershaw leads the National League in strikeouts this season, and trails only Justin Verlander's 212 punchouts for the major league lead. The last Dodger to lead the league in strikeouts was Hideo Nomo, who struck out 236 batters in 1995, his first MLB season.

Kershaw's 200th strikeout last season was Aubrey Huff, who struck out in the seventh inning on September 14, 2010.

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