It'd be tempting to call Clayton Kershaw's 2015 a disappointment since he didn't win 20 games, didn't post a sub-2.00 ERA and didn't capture his fourth Cy Young award in five years. But if we didn't have Zack Greinke and Jake Arrieta as bases for comparison, we'd probably be awestruck by what he did do, turning in another historic season during what has been one of the most dominant stretches for any pitcher in history. He still led the majors in FIP, which estimates ERA based on the ratios a pitcher directly controls, so in terms of pure dominance, he was as good as ever. He also became the first pitcher to record 300 strikeouts in a season since Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling both did in 2002. At a position notorious for its instability, Kershaw is still without equal and should be drafted perhaps as early as fourth overall.
Kershaw will start Game 4 for the Dodgers on Tuesday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. Kershaw being named the starter shouldn't come as a surprise, as the Dodgers will give the ball to their ace in what will be an elimination game one way or another. He'll oppose a youngster in the Mets' 24-year-old Steven Matz.
Mets standout starter Jacob DeGrom would receive the start in Game 5 against the Dodgers should it be required, Marc Carig of Newsday reports. DeGrom pitched a nearly flawless first playoff outing, tossing seven scoreless innings with 13 strikeouts, and could be rewarded with another National League Division Series start because of it. If that's the case, he would potentially be matched up with either Clayton Kershaw or Zack Greinke.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw allowed three runs on four hits and four walks while striking out 11 over 6 2/3 innings against the Mets on Friday, dropping Game 1 of the NLDS. Daniel Murphy, who had just one homer off a lefty in 126 regular-season at-bats, went yard against Kershaw to put the Mets on the board in the fourth inning. Kershaw was pulled after loading the bases in the seventh, and Pedro Baez promptly allowed two inherited runs to score on a single by David Wright. Jacob deGrom outperformed Kershaw on the other side, tossing seven scoreless with 13 strikeouts, and Kershaw has now taken the loss in five straight postseason starts.
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to throw an abbreviated start Sunday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. Kershaw will throw on regular rest, but with the playoffs right around the corner, manager Don Mattingly is expected to be conservative with his ace. The lefty is already just seven innings away from his single-season career-high mark, and has crushed his personal best strikeout number (294). He could conceivably be removed from the contest shortly after fanning his 300th batter of the year. Even though it's Clayton Kershaw, his upside might be limited in daily formats.
Dodgers stud southpaw Clayton Kershaw appeared on his way to defeat Thursday after a pinch-hitter replaced him in the bottom of the fifth inning against the Diamondbacks. But his offense picked him up by turning a 3-0 deficit into a 6-3 lead. Still, it was a subpar effort by Kershaw, who has likely lost any chance for another Cy Young Award considering the performances of Jake Arrieta and Zack Greinke. He allowed three runs on six hits and a walk across five innings while fanning nine. This was a strange line for Kershaw, as he threw a season-low 80 pitches and drew 19 swinging strikes. It marked his second three-run outing in a row after not allowing more than a single run in 13 of his previous 14 starts. He still leads all of baseball with 281 strikeouts and holds an elite 2.25 ERA and 0.91 WHIP in 31 starts this season.