Clayton’s WHIP is higher than it was last year at the All-Star Break, but his ERA is lower than it was at the same juncture last year. However, if you have been watching Clayton Kershaw as long as I have been watching him, you know that something is wrong and I am going to give you my opinion of what it is:
According to Wikipedia, plantar fasciitis is “ a painful inflammatory process of the plantar fascia, the connective tissue on the sole (bottom surface) of the foot. It is often caused by overuse of the plantar fascia or arch tendon of the foot. It is a very common condition and can be difficult to treat if not looked after properly.“ I had it about 15 years ago and it lingered for many months. Not only was it painful, but I remember at the end of the day how weak my foot felt. Pain makes cowards of us all… including our muscles. In Clayton’s case, it’s his left foot that is in question. Having the malady once myself, I can see that his pitch selection my be affected by how he can push off on his left foot. Yeah, I know that he says it’s not affecting him. Do you really expect him to say: “I can’t pitch as well with my foot the way it is, so hitters should be on alert that my slider and curve are affected and I will be throwing my fastball more often.” I mean, we can see that is what is happening. He’s not going to say it and the Dodgers aren’t going to say it, but that’s what is happening.
The good news is that I doubt it will hurt his arm. His mechanics appear to be the same. Some may suggest putting him on the shelf for a while, but plantar fasciitis can linger for a long time – rest is not necessarily a cure. At any rate, 75% of Clayton Kershaw is better than 100% of most other pitchers. In my case, one day I woke up and it was gone… never to return.
For the record, Vin Scully may make a slip up now and then, but you have to remember he works a one-man booth and I frequently listen to other teams feeds and he has a long way to slip before he’s no longer NUMBER ONE! Lay off the man – he’s still better than anyone else. He’s just not as good as he used to be. Kind of like 75% of Kershaw is better than 100% of someone else.
- Peter O’Malley, Padres Owner – Walter is churning in his grave. Peter is a Heretic!
- James Loney was a “soft” 2-5 last night. I give him NO credit.
- Adam Kennedy is doing just enough to keep his roster spot.
- Bobby Abreu has been nothing but a pro. His catch in LF last night saved 2 runs and his 3 hits led the team, He’s the perfect pinch hitter. Rivera and Abreu make a great L/R pinch hitting duo… unfortunately they are currently starters.
- Josh Fields has a batting average 38 points (.340) above FedEx, but has fewer RBI than FedEx even though he generally hits 4th and FedEx 6th. Make of it what you will.
- Jerry Sands is starting to heat up and is playing 1B almost exclusively.
- Aaron Miller is still teasing us. He pitched 6 innings last night and allowed 6 hits and 3 Runs. He only walked one and his ERA sits at 4.31. Still a prospect…. You know what they say about lefties.
- Joc Pederson was 3-4 last night at Rancho Cucamonga and is hitting .292. He could move to AA before the end of the season. He is on a fast track…
- Matt Kemp was 1-3 and is headed to AAA to play today and Sunday. He says his leg feels like “The same old leg.”
- Andre Ethier will start has rehab at Rancho the middle of next week, barring setback.
- James Baldwin (.205) is a 5-tool player who can’t get on base.
- Cory Seager started at SS for Ogden last night and went 1-3 with a walk, and participated in one double play.
- Jesmuel Valentin (who is one level below Seager) went -3 with 2 BB and scored two runs while also playing SS.
- Joey Curletta was 2-5 with and RBI also for the AZL Dodgers.
- It’s a crapshoot today – Chad Billingsley is pitching tonight. Who knows?
- Two games before the All-Star break – by next weekend this could be the lineup:
- Hairston 3B
- Ellis 2B
- Kemp CF
- Ethier RF
- Ellis C
- Abreu/Rivera LF
- Loney/Van Slyke 1B
- Cruz SS