Mets @ Dodgers May 12, 2016: Clayton Kershaw’s 250th start

It doesn’t seem like that long ago when Clayton Kershaw made his MLB against the Cardinals. Then you realize 2008 was eight years ago. From start No. 1 through 249, he has proven to be one of the greatest pitches in Dodger history.

Mets
Dodgers
7:10 p.m. PT
Los Angeles
RF
Granderson
2B
Utley
SS
Cabrera
SS
Seager
3B
Wright
3B
Turner
LF
Cespedes
1B
Gonzalez
2B
Walker
C
Grandal
CF
Lagares
CF
Pederson
C
Plawlecki
RF
Puig
1B
Campbell
LF
Hernandez
P
Colon (R)
P
Kershaw (L)

In fact, he might already hold that mantle.

That’s staggering. Sandy Koufax would go onto make 64 more starts and end his career on a statistical high. Kershaw should just further cement his legacy in his next 64 (and many more) starts.

We are witnessing greatness. Kershaw is certainly a generational pitcher, and it really doesn’t seem like he has been this dominant for this long. There is no debating he is the best pitcher in the major leagues and will probably continue to be for at least the next few seasons. Believe it or not, he will tail off at some point, but that probably won’t happen for many, many years.

Some notes before first pitch…

Casey Fien made it almost all the way through waivers before the Dodgers claimed him last week, so it’s no surprise he cleared again and cleared a 40-man roster spot … which now sits at 39.

Oy. Cuban right-hander Pablo Fernandez signed at the same time Hector Olivera did last year. I ranked the 26-year-old as the 45th-best prospect in the organization heading into the season, and even that felt a bit high. Now, it absolutely does. He was unimpressive when I saw him live last season and now he’ll be out until late-2017 at the earliest.

Solid second outing for Mike Bolsinger in Triple-A. He could be a welcome addition to the Dodger pitching staff soon.

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About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.