I would say that with yet another very good performance, Clayton Kershaw is taking a “stranglehold” for the role as Staff Ace. Some might think he hasn’t had his best “stuff” at times this year, but I think so of that comes from the fact that he is using more pitches, which sometimes has caused his curve-ball to break a little less. He was wild earlier in the year, but now seems to be pounding the strike zone with regularity.
Some say it’s too early to anoint him the Ace – I disagree. He is officially the Dodgers Ace, and will be even better by season’s end. I’ve told you all of this before – just enjoy watching his development.
He struggled with his rhythm in the first inning, but was absolutely in control the rest of the way. He is now pitching deeper into games which is going to do nothing but help the staff. Now, let’s hope Bills can do the same.
The fielding has improved dramatically and Jamey Carroll has been outstanding at SS with the Dodgers going 15-7 with him as starter. Ned has already gotten his money’s worth with Jamey, no matter what happens the rest of his Dodger Career. Those of you who blasted him for signing Carroll need to apologize, like I apologized for wanting Joe Torre fired!
Rants and Raves
- Russ Martin’s 15-game hitting streak continues as Joe tries to wear him out by the All-Star Break
- Kenley Jansen is plying his trade at AA now. I can see a call-up coming in September.