In a season that has underwhelmed us all, we are seeing two very special superstars develop for the Los Angeles Dodgers, namely Clayton Kershaw and Matt Kemp. If you name the TOP 10 players in all of baseball, Kemp and Kershaw have to be in that discussion. If they are not TOP 10, they are very close. Kemp may be the best player in the NL and Kershaw is certainly up there with the best of the pitchers.
Tony Jackson of ESPN/LosAngeles said this:
I’ve been resisting the urge to do this for a few weeks now, maybe even all season. But it became clear Wednesday, during the late innings of a game that was so riveting it almost made you forget you were watching a first-place team trying to return to the World Series against a last-place team just trying to get through what is left of a dreary season.
Clayton Kershaw may now be counted — strike that, must now be counted — as one of the best starting pitchers in the majors.
He can hang with Roy Halladay, with Cliff Lee, with CC Sabathia, with Josh Beckett, with Jered Weaver. And yes, he can hang with Tim Lincecum, the San Francisco Giants’ two-time defending Cy Young Award winner, whom he beat for the second time this season, 1-0 before a sellout crowd of 42,487 at AT&T Park.
...If Kershaw keeps pitching like this, keeps building on his 11-4 record and 2.72 ERA, he also could become an easy pick for the National League Cy Young Award.
As bad as the season has been, we can see that this team has some building blocks for the future. The Dodgers should be sellers and can trade everyone on the team, except for Kershaw, Kemp, Jansen, Billingsley, De La Rosa, Guerra and a cadre of minor leaguers named Eovaldi, Webster, Gordon, Sands. This team can be rebuilt quickly. Ned just needs to pull the trigger… like now. Hopefully, Ned won’t be doing the re-building. The man I want to do it is Logan White – he’ll give the kids a chance while adding some key Free Agents.
Other Dodger News:
- I think it’s likely that the Bankruptcy Judge will force McCourt to take the MLB financing, but it’s not a win or a loss for either side. Actually, it’s probably more of a win for McCourt because he saves money. The next thing on the agenda is whether the court will try and allow McCourt to auction the TV deal for the Dodgers. If he does, this thing could drag on forever… and a day!
- All-Star Russ Martin is hitting .217 as a Yankee. If he were in LA, that would translate to .188!
- Carlos Santana .225
- James McDonald has a 4.14 ERA – that’s not too bad.
- Is Andre Ethier gone yet?