OAKLAND There's a side effect that comes with winning the Cy Young Award: dealing with its lofty expectations afterward.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw won the award in the National League last year, and although he's having a reasonably good season in 2012, Kershaw has "seemed frustrated at times this year," Manager Don Mattingly said.
Kershaw pitched well again Thursday in the Dodgers' 4-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics. The left-hander gave up one run and struck out seven in eight innings, leaving with no decision.
He remained 5-3 with an earned-run average of 2.73, and Mattingly said he looked "as good as he's been all year."
Before the game, Mattingly said that Kershaw, 24, "expects so much out of himself" and that he had talked with his pitcher about those expectations.
"He puts so much pressure on himself to be really good," Mattingly said. "He seems frustrated sometimes, like he's not having any fun."