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May 18, 2009 – The Kershawshank Redemption

May 18, 2009 – The Kershawshank Redemption

Clayton Kershaw has been getting a lot of flack because several of his recent starts have been below expectations, he has been getting behind hitters and is not able to get past the 4th or 5th inning.  He changed all that today by throwing a no hitter through 7 innings.  As soon as he gave up a hit in the 8th he was pulled by Joe Torre, beacuse he had thrown 112 pitches.  Even if he had got out of the inning, I doubt that Torre would have let him come out for the 9th as he would have had over 120 pitches.  Clayton still did not have great control, but he used his change-up considerably more than last game.  When you have to watch for the fastball and curve, his change, which wasn’t all that good, just keeps everyone out of sync.   If he improves that pitch and/or adds another pitch, he will be really hated by NL hitters.

nohitKevin Baxter of The LA Times reported this about the game:

He also varied his repertoire Sunday, mixing in more change-ups with his curve and fastball and the result was a memorable outing for the left-hander, who threw two no-hitters his senior year in high school — all the way back in 2006. And though he missed another one this time, Torre said this probably won’t be the last time he’ll have to decide whether to leave Kershaw in the game with a no-hitter in progress.

“He’s got such electric stuff,” he said. “I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anybody with his poise at his age.”

And then he dropped the ultimate compliment for any lefty who has ever worn a Dodgers uniform by comparing him to Sandy Koufax — who, by the way, threw four no-hitters.

“He’s got the Koufax dominance,” Torre said.

RANTS & RAVES

  • Mota is more than toast – he’s burnt to a crisp!
  • Ohman isn’t much better.
  • Juan Pierre has been amazing and the up shoot of this is that (if he keeps it up), is that his value is skyrocketing as we speak.  When THAT GUY comes back, Juan goes to the pine, but consider this:  If Raffy can re-gain his stroke, maybe we trade Juan even BEFORE THAT GUY comes back.  I am sure some teams are loking at Juan Pierre and salavating all over themselves right now.  It’s a “sellers’ market.”  Does anyone this Xavier Paul is not a worthy 4th OF?
  • Tony Abreu and Andrew Lambo were bothe 3-5 in Chattanooga’s win on Sunday.
  • Jason Schmidt pitched 7 innings Sunday at Inland Empire, in getting the win.  He allowed 5 hits, 2 ER and walked 3 while striking out 6.

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7 Responses to “May 18, 2009 – The Kershawshank Redemption”

  1. Penos Cabell says:

    We know Kershaw won’t become a Cy Young Award winner over night. We need to have patience. It’s gonna take time, but he will become a very good pitcher.

    As for Guillermo Mota, my patience is running out. When is this guy gonna get his walking papers?

  2. bluetrain says:

    ggod stuff Mark, and thank you!

  3. DavidB says:

    What a game! Kershaw was pitching inside, outside, high and low. Though he walked four batters he looked amazing. Look for his next start to be rough. One thing I have noticed with Kershaw his is outstanding one outing and strugles the next.

    He want to repet the previous performence and tries to hard and becomes wild…..He sure is impressive for 21!

  4. Mark, when are we going to build the Kershawhankredemption website out? :-) Love that name! Ahhh, it will be a roller coaster with such a young pitcher. He has been dominating in every sense of the word on some days and just falls apart on others. But at least this was kind of expected by everyone so it does not make it feel as bad.

    I think that we are all ready to hop in the roller coaster with him and ride it out because we all know that at the end of the ride we will be happy, exhilarated, and satisfied.

  5. Mark Timmons says:

    Miguel,

    I thought we might have to build it today, but it wasn’t to be. We will build it in honor of his first no-hitter or Cy Young. THAT will be The Kershawshank Redemption!

  6. Badger says:

    He won’t finish any games until he throws more strikes. 112 pitches, 66 for strikes, to get through 7 just isn’t going to get it. But, he is very young and eventually will hit his spots. When he does, look out league.

  7. lawdog says:

    Kershaw has never pitched 9 innings. He had 42 starts in the minors and completed zero. He’s probably been on a 100 pitch count since Little League.

    His change up is total crap. It was effective yesterday because the Fish were not expecting it. It comes in at 84 with all the movement of a straight fast ball.

    Somebody should teach him to throw a splitter. It would be a very effective pitch for him and it’s really easy to learn. Imagine a 91 mph pitch that breaks straight down (like the proverbial dead duck just before it gets to the plate) or will bend a little to the left or right with finger pressure? That’s a real change up!

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