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Friday, September 06, 2019

LEADING OFF: A’s winning streak on line in suspended game

SO, WHERE WERE WE?

Before their regularly scheduled matchup in Oakland, the Tigers and Athletics will resume a game that was suspended May 19 at Detroit with the A’s leading 5-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning. Back then, the A’s were in the middle of putting together their first 10-game winning streak since 2006. But that could get wiped away if Oakland can’t close out the May 19 game against Detroit. If the A’s hang on, the winning streak will go to 11 games. If the Tigers rally to win, Oakland’s streak from that stretch will only be considered a seven-gamer. Center fielder Ramon Laureano is expected to come off the injured list for the A’s and play in the second game.

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS

Minnesota has a chance to widen its 6½-game lead in the AL Central over Cleveland and perhaps all but salt away the division title when the Indians come to town for a three-game series. Michael Pineda (11-5, 4.11 ERA) pitches the opener for the Twins, back home from an 8-2 road trip. Adam Plutko (6-4, 4.53) goes for Cleveland.

Presumably, this suspended game won’t be over in a few minutes, unlike the last one.


Thursday, August 22, 2019

As Clayton Kershaw passes Sandy Koufax in wins, October remains the focus

LOS ANGELES — When the Los Angeles Dodgers weren’t very good and when they were great, when he was skinny and floppy and when he was grown and daunting, in regular seasons and in October, in Vero Beach and Glendale, I got in a car to go see Clayton Kershaw.

Because the baseball was good. Because he cared. Because his standard became everyone else’s. Because the chance for greatness over three hours was more likely than it was not. Because he was better than most everyone else many nights.

Because Sandy Koufax existed in another time, in my mind in black and white, in my ears as a tinny and tenor voice-over, in my eyes as the dignified older gentleman leaning on a bullpen rail, whispering into Kershaw’s ear.

So Clayton Kershaw would do, at 20 years old when he was afflicted by the typical left-handed maladies of audacity and imprecision, a decade later when he won his 166th game, one more than Koufax, in between as a destination on countless summer nights against the darkening San Gabriel Mountains.

 

QLE Posted: August 22, 2019 at 06:22 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers, sandy koufax

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Five years later, a different Kershaw still shuts down the opposition

The power of the bobblehead.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2019 at 06:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers

Monday, May 27, 2019

Kershaw, deGrom clash as Dodgers host Mets

Jacob deGrom vs. Clayton Kershaw on Monday means there will be no easing into a series between one of the league’s hottest teams and the best team the National League has to offer.

A matchup between the visiting New York Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers suddenly has major intrigue after the Mets’ front office elected to spare the job of manager Mickey Callaway one week ago.

Mets players have shown their appreciation by winning six of their last seven games.

Now deGrom (3-5, 3.72 ERA) will look to repeat his solid outing Wednesday against the Washington Nationals, when he gave up one run on two hits over six innings, with his eight strikeouts matching his most since April 14. However, the right-hander is 0-4 in eight career starts against the Dodgers, albeit with a 3.20 ERA.

“Hottest” in terms of performance, or in terms of status as matinee idols?

 

QLE Posted: May 27, 2019 at 06:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers, jacob degrom, mets

Saturday, May 04, 2019

Machado homers, admires ball in first at-bat against Kershaw

Manny Machado went from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the San Diego Padres this offseason, and now he’s starting to punish his former team.

In his first at-bat against Clayton Kershaw on Friday, Machado took the Dodgers ace deep to left, and then admired the ball.

He even tipped his own cap.

I forget- under the unwritten rules, should Machado expect a fastball to the goolies, or to be chased by folk with aluminum baseball bats?

 

 

QLE Posted: May 04, 2019 at 04:09 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, home run, manny machado

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The Dark, Existential Reality of Pitching Is Here For Clayton Kershaw | SI.com

For most people, the experience [of aging] is one of gradual diminuendo, small bargains with yourself. It’s one of feeling fine, feeling invincible, until suddenly, you don’t—suddenly, your back starts to hurt every once in a while; suddenly, you get a hangover after just two beers. You don’t quit, of course. You just make necessary adjustments. (And some people make them better than others.) A pitcher loses velocity. We measure, in excruciating detail, just how much of himself he isn’t. He adjusts—until, finally, one day, there are no more adjustments left for him to make.

Dark contemplations on Clayton Kershaw’s first start back.


Monday, April 15, 2019

Kershaw to make season debut as Dodgers host Reds

Left-hander Clayton Kershaw is set to make his season debut when the Los Angeles Dodgers host the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a three-game series on Monday night.

The three-time National League Cy Young Award winner was shut down during spring training because of inflammation in his throwing shoulder and didn’t make the Opening-Day start for the Dodgers for the first time since 2010.

“He’s champing at the bit,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.

Kershaw will likely face two former teammates in Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp.

Well, the Reds are as good a team as any for a start of this nature….

 

QLE Posted: April 15, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers, reds

Thursday, April 11, 2019

MLB notebook: Kershaw set for return to Dodgers

Left-hander Clayton Kershaw came out of Tuesday’s rehab start healthy and his next appearance will be with the Los Angeles Dodgers, manager Dave Roberts said Wednesday.

Kershaw will start either Sunday at home against the Milwaukee Brewers or on Monday against the visiting Cincinnati Reds.

The Dodgers ace, working his way back after dealing with left shoulder inflammation during spring training, threw six innings on Tuesday night for Double-A Tulsa. He gave up five hits and two runs — both on home runs — in six innings. He struck out six and walked none.

 

QLE Posted: April 11, 2019 at 06:02 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers

Friday, April 05, 2019

Kershaw gives up 2 runs in 4 1/3 innings in OKC rehab outing

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw gave up two runs and struck out six in 4 1/3 innings during his rehab assignment for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Thursday night.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner threw 61 pitches against the San Antonio Missions, a Milwaukee Brewers affiliate. Oklahoma City trailed 2-0 when Kershaw was pulled in the top of the fifth. He earned a no-decision.

“Good first step and kind of got through everything I needed to, got up to that fifth inning,” Kershaw said. “Got some guys on base, worked out of the stretch, did multiple different things. So it was a good day.”

So, is this a good, bad, or indifferent performance by Kershaw’s usual standards?

 

QLE Posted: April 05, 2019 at 03:17 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, rehab

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

MLB notebook: Dodgers’ Kershaw to make rehab start

Clayton Kershaw’s run of eight straight Opening Day starts ended due to left shoulder inflammation.

However, the Los Angeles Dodgers ace will have a different type of Opening Day assignment when he makes a rehab start at Oklahoma City on Thursday night.

Kershaw was cleared to make the start after throwing a bullpen session on Monday, and the rehab appearance just happens to be the Triple-A club’s season opener against San Antonio.

Los Angeles will see how Kershaw performs on Thursday before deciding the next move. Considering normal rest, the three-time Cy Young winner possibly could make his first major league start of the year on April 9 against the Cardinals in St. Louis.

If Oklahoma City doesn’t work, will he see either Amarillo or Gallup, New Mexico?

 

QLE Posted: April 02, 2019 at 04:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, rehab

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

MLB notebook: Kershaw will miss Opening Day start

For the first time since 2010, Clayton Kershaw won’t be the Opening Day starter for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The left-hander, who has started a club-record eight straight openers, was ruled out of the March 28 start against the Arizona Diamondbacks due to the persistent shoulder inflammation he has dealt with all spring. He has yet to pitch in a spring training game.

“When he’s ready to pitch for us is when he’s going to pitch for us,” said manager Dave Roberts, adding that it was unlikely Kershaw will begin the season on the active roster.

Roberts didn’t announce an Opening Day starter on Monday, but right-hander Walker Buehler is definitely in the mix. The last Opening Day starter for the Dodgers not named Kershaw was Vicente Padilla in 2010.

Fourth season with injury issues in a row- wondering if this means the decline phase is beginning…..

 

QLE Posted: March 19, 2019 at 03:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers, opening day

 

 

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