Clayton Kershaw Keeps the Good Times Rolling

Once again, I have no idea what to make of this team. Remember back in June, when we were talking about how they went weeks without an offensive outburst, or even last week, when they were largely shut down by the underwhelming Rockies? Now they’ve scored 20 runs in two days, 30 over the last four, and have scored at least five runs in six of the last seven – not so coincidentally, the same six in which they’ve won in that stretch.

Seriously, look at the box score to the night. Bask in all of those crooked numbers, and exalt in the fact that A.J. Ellis could take an oh-fer and have it not crater half the offense. Four of those hits were doubles, and of course one of those came from Luis Cruz; it’s what he does. For Shane Victorino, it marks his eighth straight game with a hit, and the 15 combined hits for the team ties a season high, set back in April against Atlanta.

Two of those hits belonged to Clayton Kershaw, and like Chad Billingsley last night, the offensive breakout should not overshadow an excellent pitching performance. For the first few years of his career, we watched the undeniably talented but still raw Kershaw mix high walk totals and pitch counts with strikeout stuff, and dreamed of the day where he’d walk fewer than three guys each time out. This is now the 13th start in his career in which he’s not walked a single man, and it’s amazing to think that greatness is basically expected of him. We don’t praise it as much as we should, I think, but the man has just been fantastic, especially lately. This brings his FIP down to 2.90, which is good for fifth in all of baseball – and just an eyelash behind Justin Verlander & R.A. Dickey, tied for third. Almost makes you laugh to think people were accusing him of not living up to his Cy Young Award, right? He might yet win another.

With the San Francisco loss, the Dodgers are now a full game up in the NL West, and they go for the series sweep behind Joe Blanton in a matinee tomorrow.

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DBrim
DBrim moderator

Game thread, guys.

TheConman
TheConman

Dodgers lineup: Victorino LF, Ellis 2B, Kemp CF, Ethier RF, Ramirez SS, Loney 1B, Kennedy 3B, Ellis C, Blanton P

CodyStumpo
CodyStumpo

Loney in August .226/.226/.258.  

Rivera in August .115/.172/.231

Sands in August (AAA) .477/.531/.886

 

DBrim
DBrim moderator

RT @ryanlawrence21: #Phillies have acquired RHP Ryan O'Sullivan from the Los Angeles Dodgers as PTNL in the Joe Blanton waiver trade.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

While we lament the loss of Carlos Santana's bat, yeesh is his glove iffy.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

I laughed.

 

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EephusBlue
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What in the world? THe Japanese starter in the little league WS is 6ft and 200 lbs!!!!!!! WHAAAAAAT?!?

Goooog
Goooog

Just heard a bit of Scott Boras on the radio talking about limiting Strasburg. Stras is only 4 months younger than Kershaw, but Kershaw has almost 900 innings in the majors where Stras has around 200. Boras brought up Steve Avery who was an awesome young pitcher who threw 700+ innings before the age of 24... And then "fell off a cliff." Obviously Stras had TJ surgery so it makes him a different story, but I'm listening to Boras' comments about Steve Avery's decline and starting to worry long term about Kershaw. Sorry to put a damper on your morning

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

oh......

Via Jayson Stark on Twitter:

Hearing that the player to be named later in Joe Blanton deal will be named today.#Dodgers expected to send pitching prospect to #Phillies

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

So what do folk think it would take to get Morneau? And what are u willing to give up? I assume straight salary relief is not in the picture or we'd have him already.

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

Here's a conversation which took place in my house during yesterday's game - 

 

She: I don't know why you're wearing that shirt, nobody can see you but me.

 

Me: Yeah, and if you'd stop bunting so much I wouldn't have to wear it.

 

She: ....

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

So are giants fans angry and bitter about Melky? or are they still supportive of him.  Im trying to remember how I felt at the time of Manny's suspension.

CodyStumpo
CodyStumpo

Sands > Loney + Rivera, literally.

WBBsAs
WBBsAs

 @JohnM Hating Melky is wrong, but detesting him is appropriate.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @JohnM me too. Kinda irritating to know it was all chemically induced.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @Goooog well Kershaw has added up his innings gradually over his young career. From what I understand, its a sudden jump in innings that often is correlated with injury. Strasburg has never pitched more than ~140 innings or so EVER. SO him jumping up to 200 would be a huge increase and right after TJ makes it even more sketch. Kershaw has more or less added to his innings totals slowly over the course of his development so innings totals may not be much of a worry.

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

 @EephusBlue ugh. i was deflated. i still remember the day it came out. it was around the same time as this did, maybe a little early on a work day and i overheard two guys at work talking about it. i practically ran down to my desk to look it up. 

 

i wasnt mad at manny for anything other than missing those games and i counted the days until he came back. and do you remember THAT day? 

 

so i had my blue colored glasses firmly in places, i suppose they have their shitty black and orange ones on. shit heads.

 

it's ok when i do it but...

DBrim
DBrim moderator

 @JohnM So if he DOESN't hit 4 homers today, it's your fault, right?

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

 @JohnM And I dreamt that melky cabrera was suspended for the rest of the season and the Dodgers were alone in first place. 

TheConman
TheConman

 @JohnM  @DBrim "O'Sullivan, 21, was a fourth round pick in the 2011 draft. He's pitched to a 3.05 ERA with 5.6 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9 in 88 1/3 innings at the Single-A level this season. Baseball America ranked O'Sullivan has 23rd best prospect in the Dodgers' system before the season in their Prospect Handbook."

 

I agree, no biggie, but I am surprised a PTBNL would be in the top 25

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @Bob Meripol And still in little league?!? not a prospect. TOo old for that level.

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

 @EephusBlue  @JohnM I only approve of the chemically induced carrying of a team into the playoffs when said player is on our side.

MFYG (MSTY Dankest Brog 2013)
MFYG (MSTY Dankest Brog 2013)

 @EephusBlue

 Bumgarner upped his innings from mid 100s to 210 plus the next year.  Two years later still very good.  Long term who knows.  Fuicking elbow ligaments, how do they work?

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @JohnM  @EephusBlue Think that would be realistic?  I just dont have a gauge on the Twins normal dealings or needs to really know other than they are bad

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

 @JohnM  @EephusBlue I don't know our prospects well enough to say. Everything I know about the Dodger minor league system, i've learned here. He seems like a nice, but not overwhelming get but another guy who's not having his best year. sigh. it would be nice to get someone decent at one of the corners. 

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @el serracho I slept in that morning and turned on ESPN while I prepped breakfast and BOOM there it pops up. manny suspended for 50 games. I thought it was a joke. While it sucked I wasnt angry. Just deflated.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @el serracho  @JohnM Thats an awesome dream.....oh wait NO ITS REAL WEEEEEEEEOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOEEEEEEEEOOOOOOOOO! (I dont know why but I am happy and making siren noises. Dont judge me)

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

 @EephusBlue That is the joke, dont you remember when Puerto Rico had their LLWS title stripped for having a bunch of men on the team?

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @Goooog  @EephusBlue Well I really do feel that the human arm was not designed to throw that hard over an extended period. Kershaw is capable of touching the upper 90s but why do it if u dont have to. Strasgburg looks different from preTJ at least from the SSS that I saw yesterday. I remember him touching the upper 90s frequently before. Yesterday he was really hovering around 95 or so (still plenty fast but not like before). Look at Rubby. He was throwing upper 90s in the 7th inning. Makes me wonder about how damaging that is to the arm.

Goooog
Goooog

@EephusBlue Plus it seems like mechanics and velocity might have a lot to do with it. I know Stras throws 100+ and Kershaw is mid 90s but other than that I can't avoid my boss' gaze long enough to do a real analysis

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @JohnM  @EephusBlue hahaha man its funny how that completely changes that sentence to mean the opposite of what u want.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

 @el serracho  @JohnM  @EephusBlue Morneau is actually doing fairly well this year.  The risk you're taking is that he reverts to what he did LAST YEAR, which would have you longing for Loney.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @el serracho yup! I waffle between feeling bad for them as I know what its like and thinking "fuck them, we went thru it so they can suck it up"

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

 @EephusBlue this is why my joy over this is contained like it is. if it had to happen to anyone, i'm glad it's the giants, but i can certainly relate to how unpleasant it is.