Clayton Kershaw Newsbeat
Sunday, September 11, 2016
Just short of six months after suffering a spiral fracture in his right tibia when he fouled a ball off his right shin during a spring exhibition game, Ethier was activated from the disabled list and made his season debut 141 games into the season.
“It was a long summer,” Ethier said. “Those guys (on the medical staff) did a good job. Glad to be back. Ready to contribute.”
Saturday, September 10, 2016
He must actually be human after all.
Beyond his surviving Friday night’s outing, the big question is how Kershaw will feel Saturday as he recovers and builds towards not only Wednesday’s start but also the three more beyond that prior to the end of the regular season. He returns to a playoff race that looks vastly different than when he went down. Without him, the Dodgers improbably posted the league’s second-best record, going 38–24 while swinging the NL West race by 13 games, from eight behind the Giants (who went 25–37 in the interim, including 17–32 since the All-Star break) to five ahead. Via the Baseball Prospectus Playoff Odds, the Dodgers entered Friday with a 99.6% chance at making the playoffs, including a 92.5% chance of winning the division.
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Posted: September 10, 2016 at 10:15 AM | 1 comment(s)
Sunday, September 04, 2016
With the playoffs fast approaching, Clayton Kershaw (herniated disk) pitched in a baseball game for the first time since June 26 as he began a rehab assignment Saturday at Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga.
Whether the ace is ready to return to the Majors has yet to be decided, though Kershaw did say he thinks he will pitch in the next four or five days as long as his back presents no problems while he cools down.
“We’re still ironing some stuff out,” Kershaw said. “At this point, it’s more of a pitch count deal, making sure that I can contribute and not just go out there. It helps that it’s September. We got a lot of guys in the bullpen. We’re still working kinks out, but we’ll see.”
Posted: September 04, 2016 at 08:23 AM | 1 comment(s)
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Koufax and Kershaw are pretty, pretty good.
Definitive or not, though, it’s pretty clear Kershaw’s career is already at least comparable to one of the most revered pitchers in baseball history. Even if Kershaw were to walk away from the game today, his legacy already would be secure. Instead, once he returns to the mound, Dodgers fans finally will get a glimpse at the answer to the question that’s been burning in their hearts for the last 50 years: What if Sandy Koufax had more time?
Saturday, August 13, 2016
Monday, August 08, 2016
That isn’t too positive.
Roberts pushed any possible return date for Kershaw into September on Friday, saying that the ace had a set of marks to meet with his back to begin his rehab. With those marks apparently met, the team will start ramping up Kershaw’s throwing and hope he can make it back this season.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
This isn’t good news for Dodgers fans.
“Clayton, after he threw that live session, the next day Sunday didn’t feel great,” manager Dave Roberts said before Tuesday’s series opener against the Nationals. “I think that at that point and time he let us know that we had to be a little more on the cautious side.
“I don’t know if it’s a step back, but we’re going to let the back pain subside and see where we go. So as far as his return ... uncertain.”
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw received an epidural shot in his lower back and will go on the 15-day disabled list, manager Dave Roberts said Thursday.
Kershaw had his second-worst outing of the season Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates, giving up four runs on nine hits. A day later, as the Dodgers finished a four-game series in Pittsburgh, he was being examined in Los Angeles for what was then labeled as minor back discomfort.
Hopefully, it’s not a huge deal. In other news, the Dodgers have traded for Bud Norris, who’ll start in place of Kershaw until he returns.
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Verdict: I’m sorry, but Johnson, after all these years, still wins. Yes, there were only 16 teams, and they were all white guys from the United States, but as far as dominating the sport from the mound, no one has done the job at the level and the volume of The Big Train.
There were some surprises in this exercise. Johnson still reigns. Pedro may still take the modern division, but Maddux is right there with him. Grove has two separate career peaks. And amid the names of Pedro, The Meal Ticket, The Franchise and Big Six, Clayton Kershaw fits right in.
Posted: June 26, 2016 at 04:17 PM | 5 comment(s)
Friday, June 10, 2016
Says Kershaw: “I don’t remember what I was thinking in the fall. But if you had told me I’d have been drafted in the first round, I’d probably have been a little surprised, for sure.”
Part of it was that Kershaw didn’t become dominant until his senior season of high school, as both his fastball and curveball developed at warp-speed rates. When the season started, Baseball America ranked him as only the 34th high school player in the nation….
At the time, the Dodgers still owned the rights to Hochevar. They had drafted him in the supplemental round of the 2005 draft, No. 40 overall, but could not agree to terms. Unsigned, the Dodgers would lose their rights to Hochevar with the ‘06 draft, which, at one time, was viewed as a Los Angeles fumble.
“Hochevar re-entering the draft turned out to be a blessing for us because it increased the number of high-quality arms that might have been drafted ahead of Clayton,” Colletti says.
Wednesday, June 01, 2016
Time for the annual State of the Win Address from everybody’s favorite analyst Brian Kenny.
I picked the type of game where we can all agree on it being good enough to get a win most all of the time: eight innings, two runs. That’s a 2.25 ERA. That ERA would be good enough to be among the Top 10 most years throughout baseball history. Yet from 1920 to 2014, a pitcher throwing such a game, got the win—brace yourself—just 33.6% of the time.
Soak that in. A pitcher leaves after eight innings, giving up just two runs and receive big applause from the crowd, along with pats on the back in the dugout. Yet two-thirds of the time, throughout live-ball history, that guy doesn’t get a win. That number may be a bit skewed from the old days when pitchers threw complete games and eight innings is the full distance for a road loss. But two-thirds of the time?
Monday, May 23, 2016
Thursday, March 31, 2016
The latest Robothal.
Posted: March 31, 2016 at 02:29 PM | 2 comment(s)
for his generous support.
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