Kershaw surrendered four home runs for the first time in his illustrious career, according to ESPN Stats & Info, with the New York Mets benefiting. That means he’s allowed 17 homers this year, also a career high.
Last year, Kershaw gave up only eight home runs (0.48 HR/9) in 149 innings pitched.
Although the big flies have plagued Kershaw all year, he managed to strike out 10 Mets batters on Monday – the third time this season he’s recorded double-digit strikeouts.
The 29-year-old went on to pick up the win anyway, which brings his record to 10-2 on the year with 115 strikeouts and only 17 walks.