Somehow, I think, not getting swept in the finale in Baltimore really didn’t help as much as it ought to have. Dodger fans are still panicky, for (mostly) good reasons, and I don’t know that having won or lost that game really would have made things any worse. Injuries are piling up, Matt Kemp is struggling, the left side of the infield is atrocious… there’s a lot not to like.
Yet while all of those concerns are valid, let’s not let the current dark clouds hang over the giant, brightly-lit silver lining that’s starting in New York tonight: Clayton Kershaw.
In my latest for ESPN Insider, I make the point that Kershaw isn’t just one of the best pitchers in baseball, his career path rivals that of the greatest to ever play the game:
Yet to merely place him among the ranks one of the greatest pitching talents in the game today is almost an injustice, because the same could be said about David Price, Stephen Strasburg, Justin Verlander or a half-dozen other members of the true pitching elite. With every start, Kershaw is continuing to lay the groundwork for a career that is already on the path to baseball immortality.
It’s not groundbreaking to say that he’s great, but there’s few pitchers in the history of the sport to have accomplished what he has by his still-young age of 25. While it’s not unfair to wring our hands a bit over the real struggles this team faces, let’s not completely take for granted the achievements of one of the true stars in baseball.
You may now return to your regularly-scheduled arguments over whether Scott Van Slyke is awesome. (Spoiler alert: he is not.)