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Clayton Kershaw: Best Dodger Pitcher In 45 Years

1966, 1965, 1964 and 1963, when Sandy Koufax dominated.  Of course, the mound was a lot higher then.  I wonder how much better Clayton would

Two Lefties - Clayton Kershaw with Stephen Timmons

do with an eighteen inch mound?  We’ll never know, but we do know this:   Unless Clayton blows up in his last two starts, he should win the Cy Young – end of story!

Wins are not the best indicator of how well a pitcher pitches, but when you lead in strikeouts, ERA and wins you should win the Cy Young.  There should be an investigation if someone other than Clayton Kershaw wins the award.  I get the argument that Matt Kemp is on a team going nowhere, so how can he be the MVP?  I don’t necessarily agree with it, but I can tolerate the argument.  If Clayton finishes the year leading in ERA, strikeouts and wins, he is the Cy Young award winner.  No Contest!  There is no argument!

The Cy Young is for the best pitcher, not the most valuable pitcher (although I would be hard-pressed to name a more valuable pitcher).

Way to go, Clayton!  I am so happy for you… and proud that you are a Dodger.

It’s sad, that paid attendance was only 32,000 to see him get #20!

THE “I TRIED TO TELL YOU” CATEGORY

It’s not over, but more and more people are starting to believe that Frank McCourt may hold on to the Dodgers…  like I have been saying!

Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com writes about what I have been saying all year.  By the way, when reading the article, it doesn’t sound like Dodger players want out like many of you may want to believe.  Gwynn, Jr. and Kemp are talking anout wanting Prince Fielder  Here’s what Gurnick says:

Speaking of money, how can a team that had to borrow to make payroll afford to pay Fielder, who is represented by Scott Boras?

Owner Frank McCourt gave a hint last week when he filed a request with the bankruptcy court to sell the Dodgers’ television rights. The crux of McCourt’s all-in legal strategy is that a new TV deal would provide ample liquidity to pull the business out of bankruptcy. He increased payroll $10 million a year ago in anticipation of such a deal with FOX that was rejected by Commissioner Bud Selig, a decision McCourt claims forced the bankruptcy.

If McCourt gets a green light from the court (with an Oct. 12 hearing scheduled), the anticipated revenue windfall could come in time for this winter’s free-agent market. And the Dodgers also have a potential $50 million coming off this year’s payroll in departing free agents.

With a half-empty stadium for much of this season, Dodgers management knows something dramatic is needed to win back customers for next season. Going young everywhere else and paying a king’s ransom to Fielder could be the ticket.

 

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23 Responses to “Clayton Kershaw: Best Dodger Pitcher In 45 Years”

  1. Roger Dodger says:

    Heard some guy on the TV this morning (MLB Network) from Sports Illustrated say that Halladay was more in the drivers seat for the Cy Young than Kershaw, even after his win last night. He gave some other pitching stat that showed Halladay better.

    Interesting spin.

    Clayton best throw a shutout in his next game. He now second in WHIP, leads the Ks by 10, and tied with wins.

  2. Mark_Timmons says:

    Roger,

    That guy is an idiot!

    Compare:

    Wins Kershaw – 20 – Halladay – 18

    ERA Kershaw – 2.27 Halladay 2.41

    WHIP Kershaw – .099 Halladay – 1.05

    K\’s Kershaw – 242 Halladay – 217

    IP Kershaw 226 Halladay 227

    BA Kershaw .208 Halladay – .240

    Halladay has more CG. That\’s it!

    If the season ends now, Kershaw HAS to be Cy Young or the fix is in!

  3. Badger says:

    You must have been reading the Dodger Divorce blog Mark. You were mentioned there.

    Yeah, looks like the cockroach might have all of MLB over a barrel. Well, if baseball can’t clean their house then they deserve him. If fans still go to the games, then they deserve him too. Let him borrow his way right back to where he is right now. As long as the Dodgers owner is Frankie McJeancleavage the Dodgers will stay right where they are.

  4. Jared Massey says:

    Halladay’s also allowed less walks and less homers while pitching half his games in a very good hitters’ park.

    Now, I’m as big a Kershaw supporter as you’ll find, but Halladay is absolutely deserving of the Cy Young this year and I wouldn’t be disappointed if he won it. After all, it’s just an award.

  5. Badger says:

    They both are. And you are right, it’s just an award. It’s also an award that could cost the Dodgers millions. And they don’t have millions.

    Here is very good discussion on the peripherals:

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/a-discussion-about-evaluating-pitchers/

    Like I said, I think Kershaw deserves it. But I also will not be surprised if he doesn’t get it.

  6. Mark_Timmons says:

    I think you also have to factor in the fact that Kershaw plays for a team with a .503 winning % and he has an .800 winning % while Halladay plays for a team that has a .636 winning % and he has a .750 winning %.

    I know: wins aren\’t the big measure, but it has SOMETHING to do with it and beating Lincecum 4 times has to count for something too.

  7. Badger says:

    I agree with that. Factor in the ballpark too. Halladay pitches in a hitters park, Kerhaw pitches in the NL West.

    I wonder, if Halladay was pitching for the Dodgers, would his results be the same? I would say yes.

    There is no loser in this years CY race. Both of those guys are deserving.

  8. Badger says:

    Hey anybody in here a Peter Brand fan? I am. Can’t wait to see how he is portrayed.

  9. Badger says:

    Guess not.

  10. KEVIN says:

    Mark I’m pretty sure Clayton only has one more start.

  11. Badger says:

    You need to clean the filters around here Mark.

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