Adrian Gonzalez thinks Clayton Kershaw is the NL MVP

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Clayton Kershaw pitched the Dodgers past the Giants on Sunday afternoon, helping extend his club’s NL West lead to three games. The lefty went eight innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out nine. Kershaw now owns a 19-3 record with a 1.70 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, and a 219/28 K/BB ratio.

Kershaw is a lock for the National League Cy Young award, but teammate and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez thinks Kershaw is the obvious choice for NL MVP as well:

Kershaw is the major league leader in Wins Above Replacement, according to Baseball Reference, which hasn’t yet been updated for today’s action. Kershaw’s 7.7 WAR narrowly edges Mike Trout’s 7.6 and is well ahead of Jason Heyward’s 6.5, who has the second-highest WAR in the National League. Per FanGraphs (which also won’t update until the morning), Kershaw’s 6.3 WAR edges out Jonathan Lucroy’s 6.0.

What we’re witnessing from Kershaw is the best starting pitching season since Roger Clemens in 2005 and Pedro Martinez circa 1997-2003.

Mets lose Robinson Canó, Jeff McNeil to injured list

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As Bill wrote last night, Robinson Canó — bashed for his lack of hustle just a few days ago — busted it out of the box last night and strained his hamstring. That has now landed him on the injured list. Adeiny Hechavarria took over at second base after Cano’s last night and is starting there in today’s game versus the Nationals. No timetable has been given for Canó, but one usually misses at least a couple of weeks with hamstring pulls, sometimes longer.

Also going on the shelf for the Mets is Jeff McNeil, who hurt his hamstring on Tuesday. J.D. Davis will cover for him until he comes back. Michael Conforto is the next regular outfielder who should return to the fold. He has still not been given an offical comeback date after hitting the injured list with a concussion, but it was reported yesterday that he has been symptom free for a few days, which is a good sign.