Kershaw (1-3) gave up four earned runs on nine hits over seven innings in Friday's loss to the Nationals, striking out four and walking none. Kershaw settled down after giving up a pair of first-inning runs, but he ended up on the short end of his heavyweight bout against Max Scherzer after giving up a run apiece in the sixth and seventh innings. Kershaw only has one double-digit strikeout game in his first five starts of the year -- uncharacteristic by his lofty standards -- and his 1-3 record also certainly looks strange next to his name. However, he'll still take a 2.45 ERA and sterling 0.97 WHIP into his start against the Giants next Friday.
Manager Dave Roberts said that Kershaw will have his start moved up to Friday against the Nationals to fill in for Rich Hill (finger), Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports. With an off-day Thursday, Roberts has the luxury of deploying his ace on regular rest Friday after Hill was placed on the disabled list with a cracked fingernail Wednesday. The Dodgers haven't provided Kershaw with the run support required to post a record better than 1-2 through four starts. Fortunately for his fantasy owners, the southpaw has delivered the dominant ratios to help alleviate the lack of wins with a 1.73 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and a 10.3 K/BB ratio over 26 innings.
Kershaw (1-2) allowed one run on two hits while striking out 12 across seven innings Sunday as he picked up the win against the Diamondbacks. Kershaw is off to a great start this season, despite a 1-2 record. He owns a 1.73 ERA with a 0.88 WHIP across 26 innings and hasn't allowed more than two runs in each of his first four appearances. Kershaw will look to put together another solid performance in his next start, which figures to come Saturday against the Nationals.
Kershaw will next appear for the Dodgers on Sunday against the Giants, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. A Sunday start would keep Kershaw starting on the typical four days' rest. The Dodgers have an off day Thursday and a potentially rain-threatened game Friday, so they may end up shuffling their rotation a bit, but they'll keep their ace on regular rest. Kershaw's opening two starts have resulted in a 2.25 ERA but a few question marks, as his velocity appears slightly down and he's already given up three homers. His strikeout and walk rates (25.5 percent and 5.9 percent) are still very solid, albeit a bit worse than his peak levels.
Kershaw (0-1) gave up one run on eight hits and two walks while striking out seven over six innings in a loss to the Giants on Thursday. Kershaw made only one real mistake pitch -- Joe Panik took it to right field for a home run. That was enough to send Kershaw to his first career Opening Day loss, as the Dodgers' offense failed to do anything against Ty Blach and company. Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reported during the outing that Kershaw's fastball was sitting between 90-91 mph, a tick below his average from last season. Fantasy owners shouldn't overreact, but it's worth keeping an eye on in Kershaw's next few starts. He lines up to face the Diamondbacks in Arizona on Tuesday.