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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Brewers relief pitcher Woodruff homers off Kershaw in NLCS

It’s always an entertaining thing to see a pitcher hit a home run, and it gets even better in its broader context….

QLE Posted: October 13, 2018 at 08:02 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon woodruff, clayton kershaw, home run

Sunday, October 07, 2018

End Of An Era For Dodgers And Clayton Kershaw, Win Or Lose

It’s not that Clayton Kershaw isn’t the ace anymore. Not necessarily. It’ just that now he’s a little closer to being one of 25 Dodgers than he was before. Which isn’t to say he isn’t a team player. Not at all. It’s just that now, in his 11th season in Los Angeles, he doesn’t have to be the center of his team’s universe. All that matters is 11 postseason wins, no matter how you get them.

Which means, I’d argue, it’s the end of an era for the Dodgers and Mr. Kershaw. A sunset, if you will. There are other reasons, some of them rather obvious—like, Kershaw can opt of his contract in November and exit as a free agent—and I’ll attempt to detail them here. But first a little perspective.

The Brooklyn Dodgers won pennants in 1949, 1952 and 1953, lost famously in 1951 before finally winning the club’s only World Series in New York in 1955, mostly with the same cast of Roy Campanella, Carl Erskine, Carl Furillo, Gil Hodges, Don Newcombe, Pee Wee Reese,  Jackie Robinson and Duke Snider. Does it matter that the 22-year-old Johnny Podres was the pitching star of the Series that year, allowing two earned runs in 18 innings, including the decisive Game 7 shutout of the Yankees, after earned run averages of 4.23, 4.27 and 3.95 in three seasons to that point, while the ace nicknamed Newk had a 9.43 earned run average in the seven games? No. What matters is that Brooklyn won it all, finally.

So, what do we make of this argument?

 

 

QLE Posted: October 07, 2018 at 10:47 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers, end of an era

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Dodgers president on Clayton Kershaw’s contract: ‘We expect to work together for a long time’

There are a lot of questions about the Los Angeles Dodgers as we head into the final week of the regular season. Can they win the NL West? If not, can they secure a wild-card spot? Are they a good enough team to sneak into the playoffs, get hot and go on a run?

There’s a bigger question hovering around these Dodgers, though, one that’s been there all season and that, in the grand scheme of things, might be even bigger than a wild-card berth.

What’s going to happen with Clayton Kershaw? The Dodgers’ ace, who is in the middle of a seven-year, $215 million contract, can opt out of it after this season. He could hit the open market for the first time in his baseball career and see what it’s like to be wooed by someone not wearing blue. Or he can decide he wants a new contract with the Dodgers. Or he can say, “I’m happy making ~$35 million each of the next two seasons.”

The link includes a link to an interview with Andrew Friedman, for those who wish to hear it.

QLE Posted: September 19, 2018 at 10:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew friedman, clayton kershaw, contracts, dodgers

Friday, June 01, 2018

Dodgers place Clayton Kershaw on DL again with back injury

Kershaw’s back tightened up during the Phillies game—he gave up four hits and one earned run in five innings—and he stayed in Los Angeles for additional tests.

All 20 of his four-seam fastballs were 90.0 mph or slower on Thursday, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Last year, not a single one of his 1,142 four-seam fastballs was 90.0 mph or slower.

Welp, that was fast.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 01, 2018 at 07:42 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Clayton Kershaw allows one run in return from biceps injury, but now his back is acting up

Kershaw’s fastball averaged 91.9 mph in his seven starts prior to the biceps injury, so his velocity was down considerably in his return Thursday. The good news is, even with reduced velocity, Kershaw was rather effective, and his secondary pitches were still missing bats. He generated a whopping 15 swings and misses among his 62 pitches, which is ridiculous.

Perhaps in an effort to compensate for the lack of velocity, Kershaw relied on his slider heavily against the Phillies, throwing the pitch 31 times. He usually throws it around 35 percent of the time. Thursday is was exactly half the time.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 31, 2018 at 10:55 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers, omg please no

Sunday, May 06, 2018

Dodgers put Clayton Kershaw on disabled list

A hellish road trip for the Dodgers turned even darker Sunday morning, when the team placed Clayton Kershaw on the disabled list with biceps tendinitis.

Kershaw was scheduled to fly back to Los Angeles to be examined by team doctor Neal ElAttrache, a Dodgers official said.

Terrible season for the defending NL champs gets worse. How much worse remains to be seen.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 06, 2018 at 01:11 PM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers

 

 

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