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The Kershawshank Redemption

The Kershawshank Redemption

Since May 4, 2010, Clayton Kershaw has gone 4-1 with a 1.08 ERA.  He has struck out 36 while allowing only 13 BB and is holding opponents to a .174 Batting Average.

Since 1900, only 5 Dodgers pitchers have had consecutive victories, with at least 7 IP, 7 K’s, 1 Run and 3 Hits or less in two consecutive starts:

  • Koufax
  • Sutton
  • Hershiser
  • Park
  • Kershaw

Clayton is the youngest pitcher in LA Dodger history to strike out 13 batters in a game.  Koufax had 14 in Brooklyn from a mound 6″ higher.

Since 1900, only 5 Dodger pitchers 21 or under have been in the Top 10 in ERA:

  • Branca
  • Drysdale
  • Valenzula
  • Sutton
  • Kershaw

In 2009, Clayton Kershaw was first in all of Major League Baseball with the following:

  • Lowest Batting Average Allowed (.200 Batting Average against him)
  • Lowest Slugging Percentage Allowed (.282 Slugging Percentage against him)
  • Lowest Number of Hits Per 9 Innings (6.26 hits per 9 innings)

Sometimes, we get frustrated with young Clayton and expect more than he delivers, but he’s pretty darn good right now and is getting better inch-by-inch.  We should enjoy watching him morph into the Dodgers Ace.  He goes tonight.  Let’s hope he has a good ride!

I like Blake DeWitt, but he’s losing out on the opportunity to be the Dodgers 2B.  Jamey Carroll starts tonight.  Casey Blake still has a sore back, so Belly starts at 3B.

Tonight’s Lineup:

  1. Furcal  SS
  2. Kemp  CF
  3. Ethier  RF
  4. The Sloth  LF
  5. Loney  1B
  6. Belliard  3B
  7. Martin  C
  8. Carroll  2B
  9. Kershaw  P

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One Response to “The Kershawshank Redemption”

  1. Michael says:

    Would rather have Jamey at 2nd for his range but I guess 3rd base is a little to hot for the Belly. Hope Clayton fans 18 tonight. “And away, we go”. Oh yeah, on this date Sandy threw a no-hitter, giving up only a walk. GO DOGS!

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