The Los Angeles Dodgers may have a cozy 8-1/2 game lead in the NL West as the season reaches its home stretch, but ace Clayton Kershaw knows he and his teammates can't ease up, for a variety of reasons.

After Kershaw led the Dodgers to a 6-4 victory over the Angels on Tuesday, Los Angeles holds an 8-1/2 game lead in the NL West with 23 games remaining in the season.

While the 27-year-old left-hander was impressed with his team's performance in the game, he thinks it's premature for the Dodgers to sit back and admire their regular-season run and turn their attention towards the postseason.

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"Just got to keep the foot on the gas," Kershaw said. "You can't really let up, even if we do clinch. We've got home-field advantage to fight for. Just keep going until October-whatever, the season ends and then start it all up again."

The Dodgers entered Wednesday's game with a magic number of 16.

"We'd like to do it as soon as possible," Kershaw said of winning the West. "That's always the goal."

(h/t Los Angeles Times)