Clayton Kershaw wasn’t awful last night but he wasn’t sharp and didn’t have his best stuff, Still, it’s more of a tribute to the Angels lineup that they got to Kershaw and Greinke the day before. The Dodgers were opportunistic last night getting 5 runs on just 7 hits. That’s unusual for this team. I got the sense that the Angels are currently the better team, even though the Dodgers were victorious. Even when Kershaw struggles with command… has curveball lacked bite last night, he’s still better than most on their best days.
Jon Weisman had an excellent piece on Kershaw and Koufax comparisons. He said a lot of things I have been saying, but he said it more eloquently. Here are a few tidbits:
Clayton Kershaw makes the 200th start of his Major League career tonight.
In Major League history, two pitchers have made 199 starts with an park/era-adjusted ERA (ERA+) of at least 150: Pedro Martinez and Kershaw.
Here are the top six pitchers in strikeouts per nine innings: Randy Johnson, Martinez, Nolan Ryan, Tim Lincecum, Kershaw, Sandy Koufax.
The top five in MLB history in Wins Above Average through age 26: Walter Johnson, Bert Blyleven, Christy Mathewson, Hal Newhouser, Kershaw.
Whether Kershaw will end is career in the same stratosphere as Koufax is impossible to know. But speaking in the present, there’s no doubt that Kershaw has accomplished more by his age-26 season than Koufax has.
It’s a worthy read, but probably would have been better after a better game by Clayton.
- Juan “Freakin'” Uribe – .300 hitter gets the job done again.
- Matt Kemp ain’t goin’ anywhere!
- Yasiel Puig officially just solved the Dodgers CF problem. End of story.
- Who trusts Brian Wilson?
- Zach Lee last night – 6 IP, 6 Hits, 4 Runs 2 BB, Zero K’s. I think the Dodgers need to try him in the rotation, but his problem is that he has 3 good pitches, nothing great. I still say he might, could be a #5, unless Charlie Hough teaches him the knuckler.
- AJ Ellis needs to be the Dodgers backup catcher and Clayton’s personal catcher next year, as he readies himself to be the next Dodger manager.
- If whoever claimed Hanley Ramirez on waivers has a catcher, I would do the deal and wait for that PTBNL after the season, but he has to be a stud Catcher, like the Yankees Top Catching Prospect. That said, nothing will happen here. Hanley will finish the season a s a Dodger, in all likelihood!
- Dan Haren tonight – God help us!
- … and then there is THIS, about a lefty… ‘er a righty, ‘er, whatever! This is a really good read, even though it’s not about the Dodgers!