Clayton Kershaw


The Clayton Kershaw Plan For Game 4

I don’t fault the Dodgers for deciding to go with Clayton Kershaw on three days rest in Game 4. It’s better than relying on Alex Wood, right? And you can complain about how they didn’t go get a better third starter — as though the injuries to Brandon McCarthy or Hyun-jin Ryu never happened, or…


Which Dodger Pitcher Is Leading The Cy Young Race?

Jackie Robinson‘s debut came way back in 1947, and that seems like as good a line as any to draw between “then” and “now.” Since then, there have been 5,362 qualified pitcher-seasons. Let’s rank the top 15 by ERA: 1.12 — Bob Gibson, 1968 1.53 — Dwight Gooden, 1985 1.56 — Greg Maddux, 1994 1.60…


Clayton Kershaw and Being Hit Hard

Clayton Kershaw has a 4.24 ERA in mid-May. This is obviously not something we have seen in a long time (other than last year, with many fewer innings), and worth looking at in more depth. However, it needs to be looked more than asking “What’s Wrong With Clayton Kershaw,” because it’s entirely possible that nothing’s wrong. Kershaw’s…


D-Backs 6, Dodgers 0: That Was Bad And Not Fun

Man, this game was dumb. So dumb, in fact, that I’m not even sure which storyline deserves top billing. Is it… Clayton Kershaw allowing 13 baserunners and six runs (five earned)? The Dodgers managing one hit in Archie Bradley‘s major league debut, and two overall? Or Justin Turner and Juan Uribe both getting hurt within about…

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How Dodgers’ hitters and pitchers fared ‘After 0-2’

I was listening to a recent episode of Effectively Wild, (Baseball Prospectus podcast), and one topic being discussed was the “After 0-2” split. Sam Miller brought it up and focused on the pitchers, but I’m even more fascinated how the Dodgers’ hitters fared after they got down 0-2. Let’s be clear: These stat lines aren’t…