Clayton Kershaw Newsbeat
Friday, November 20, 2015
Former big-leaguer Andy Van Slyke, who’s also the father of Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke, on Thursday talked to host Frank Cusumano on CBS Sports Radio 920 in St. Louis. On the subject of his son’s Dodger teammate Yasiel Puig, here’s what the elder Van Slyke had to say:
“This is just between you and I. When the best player—the highest paid player on the Los Angeles Dodgers—goes to the GM and ... is asked what are [the needs of the Los Angeles Dodgers], this particular highest-paid player said, ‘The first thing you need to do is get rid of Puig.’ That’s all you need to know.”
The highest-paid player on the Dodgers would be Clayton Kershaw, who checks in with a 2015 salary of $32.571 million and a 2016 salary of $34.571 million. Van Slyke wouldn’t mention Kershaw by name, but the implication is clear.
I hope that radio station with thousands of listeners doesn’t tell anyone!
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Arrieta, Greinke, then Kershaw.
Saturday, October 10, 2015
A great pitching duel in LA. If only it was a little earlier…
Friday, October 09, 2015
Kershaw, the National League’s most valuable player in 2014, felt he did not lack for extra motivation after the Dodgers’ early exit from the playoffs in 2013 and again last year.
“I think I’ll have enough,” said the five-time All-Star. “I don’t need to be fueled by too much. I definitely remember, but it’s a new team, new season, and hopefully for me a new outcome.”
Monday, September 21, 2015
In a five-game Division Series, most managers start their ace in Game 1, assuming that he is available to pitch on regular rest. That will optimize a club’s chances of winning Game 1. However, I’ve wondered if that does not necessarily optimize that same club’s chances of winning the series. Would a team be able to, under some circumstances, optimize its chances of winning the series by using their #2 starter in Game 1, and starting the ace in Game 2?
Regardless of what strategy you choose, you always want your ace to start twice in the LDS. Thanks to the schedule format, it is possible to start your ace in Game 2, and have him come back on normal four-day rest to pitch a potential Game 5. In that sense, by starting your ace in Game 2 instead of Game 1, you are in no worse position for the remaining games. My thinking was that Clayton Kershaw was so good in 2014, that even if you start your own ace against him in Game 1, you are still likely to lose that particular game. Therefore, it may make more sense to save your ace for Game 2, in order to maximize your odds of winning Game 2, and the series overall.
Monday, August 24, 2015
Except he doesn’t get hurt all the time and allows a lot less hits.
“I’ve watched him throw a lot,” Kershaw said. “He reminds me a little bit of Brett (Anderson). … His sinker’s great. Gets so many ground balls. I feel like with anybody, it’s his ability to command. He just doesn’t miss it (on) the) outside corner. Changeup’s really good. People don’t really notice it but his slider, breaking ball, whatever he calls it, he gets a lot of swings and misses. Strikes out a lot of guys for a sinker baller. He’s having a great year. He kind of started to last year and progressed this year.”
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
I assume time was already called. I am surprised the umpire didn’t even come out to talk to him.
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Sunday, July 19, 2015
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Chris Sale is not like the others.
In addition to his pitching, Greinke is known for his exhaustive understanding of and interest in the sport, up to and including preparing pre-draft scouting reports on potential picks. And in a New York Times feature during his 2009 campaign, Greinke explained that he pitched to keep his Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) as low as possible. By that number, which estimates a pitcher’s value based on his walk, strikeout and home-run rates, Greinke was indeed better in 2009 than he had been in 2015: A 2.33 FIP then vs. a 2.65 mark now.
Thursday, July 09, 2015
This take is so hot it might melt your computer.
Oh, please, stop your whining. Clayton Kershaw was not selected to be a National League All-Star. The sporting world still spins.
Here’s a real news break for you — he shouldn’t be.
It’s supposed to be a game featuring the players having the best first halves of the season, not having really good seasons. There shouldn’t be any free pass based on past excellence. It’s an All-Star game, not a lifetime achievement award.
This is about 2015. And in 2015, Kershaw has been really good, which is not good enough to be invited to Cincinnati.
His earned-run average is good, but not special. His WHIP — walks plus hits per innings pitched — is very good, though not approaching the numbers he put up the last two seasons.
Then, of course, there is his win-loss record, 6-6 after Wednesday’s game, which we’re just supposed to discard because sometimes pitchers pick up cheap wins or underserved losses. And because, you know, the sabermetric people told us we should do so.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Kershaw doesn’t get the call on strike three then Bryant crushes his first homer.
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