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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Dodgers make the Cy Young case for Clayton Kershaw

King Clayton? 12 Questions to Ask Before You Vote!

But Kershaw’s admittedly-biased catcher, A.J. Ellis, argued on Saturday that his candidacy shouldn’t be hurt by the Dodgers’ offensive shortcomings.

“It didn’t hurt Felix Hernandez a few years ago,” Ellis said, pointing to how the Seattle Mariners ace won the award in the American League in 2010 with a 13-12 record.

Kershaw’s all-around statistics are barely down from his Cy Young Award season last year.

Through Friday, he led the NL in earned-run average (2.58), as well as walks and hits per innings pitched (1.033). He ranked second in strikeouts (221), innings pitched (2192/3), hits per nine innings (6.842) and shutouts (two).

“The numbers speak for themselves,” Ellis said. “It’s really hard for starting pitchers to control wins and losses. All you can do is go out there and give your team in the best chance to win the game. I think having the lowest ERA in the National League does that. Our inability to score runs, especially when he pitches, may at the end of the day cost him.”

...Mattingly said that if he had a ballot, he would cast it for his own ace.

“I think he’s the best pitcher in baseball,” Mattingly said. “You tell me, ‘You can have any guy’; I’d take Clayton Kershaw.”

Repoz Posted: September 29, 2012 at 11:31 PM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. zachtoma Posted: September 30, 2012 at 01:11 AM (#4249155)
13 wins. He has arguably been the best pitcher in the league, but not by enough of a margin in a year with multiple 20-game winners. This isn't a Felix in '10 scenario.
   2. akrasian Posted: September 30, 2012 at 01:24 AM (#4249160)
He's had an eventful year. He started out the season getting pulled very early opening day because of food poisoning (to put it politely), had a stretch where some posters here thought his career was in danger because of the hip injury, and still is second in the league in innings pitched. Overall I don't think he'll win the Cy Young - but he's been good enough that it's possible that he should win it, with one start remaining for all the serious contenders.

It's a shame that his season (and the Dodgers') has been so impacted by them trying to rush Matt Kemp back, so he got hurt enough to miss a LOT of time.
   3. Yastrzemski in left. Posted: September 30, 2012 at 03:52 AM (#4249173)
I think the Ellis, Cruz, Kemp, Gonzalez, Ramirez, Ethier, Ellis, Victorino line-up will do well next year.
   4. zachtoma Posted: September 30, 2012 at 05:11 AM (#4249178)
It'll be Crawford not Victorino, who's going to be a FA. Probably Crawford, MkEllis, Kemp, A-Gon, Hanley, Ethier, AjEllis, Cruz, and I suspect whatever magic potion is infusing Cruz's bat late this season will run out by next year and Dee Gordon will eventually make his way back into the lineup at short.

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