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.
Kevin 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.