All Hail the Legendary Clayton Kershaw

kershaw_dark_2013-04-17No, the game isn’t over. Yes, it’s 11-0 Dodgers, and I can’t imagine anyone really cares how it actually ends. So let’s take a moment to focus on the great Clayton Kershaw, who struck out eight over six scoreless innings to cap off what is almost certainly a second Cy Young award — and, if not for the fun narrative of “old knuckleballer” R.A. Dickey, should have been three in a row.

That lowers Kershaw’s ERA to 1.83, the first pitcher to finish below 2 since Roger Clemens in 2005 and just the 19th such season since the mound was lowered in 1969. He’s the first pitcher to lead the bigs in ERA for three seasons in a row since Greg Maddux did so between 1993-95, and just the third overall. (Lefty Grove did it four years in a row, between 1929-1932.) He joins Sandy Koufax as the only Los Angeles Dodger pitcher with a sub-2 ERA; along with Koufax and long-forgotten Nap Rucker, he’s one of just three Dodgers with five straight sub-3 ERA seasons.

In 33 starts this year, Kershaw allowed zero or one earned runs a shocking 19 times, and two runs or fewer 25 times. Between pitching and batting — you remember the homer against San Francisco on Opening Day, right? — he’s been worth about seven wins, which makes him one of the five or so best players in baseball, and he’s not even playing every day.

He is without question the best pitcher in baseball. He’s on pace to be one of the greatest pitchers in the history of the sport. He’s going to win the Cy Young; he’s very possibly going to finish in the top three in the MVP balloting.

If we’re taking for granted what he’s doing, then it’s us who is doing it wrong. He is Clayton Kershaw. He’s 25 years old. He is, to put it lightly, a legend in our own time. Appreciate it. And for heaven’s sake, pay the man.

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nsxtasy
nsxtasy

Each day during the season, Baseball Prospectus posts the odds of making the playoffs, according to their computer model simulation.  But the version they ran overnight must have been full of bugs.  It shows the odds as 0 percent for the Reds and 100 percent for the Diamondbacks and also the Rangers (who still have a chance, but it's not a lock).  Oops!  :)  http://www.baseballprospectus.com/odds

DavidGriffBecerra
DavidGriffBecerra

So I'm all caught up on the Netflix side of breaking bad (up through part 1 of season 5). Tomorrow at 1pm AMC will start part 2 up until the last one. I'm anxious

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

I have mixed feelings about tonight. I'm glad I went, but I'm kind of bummed that the second time in a row that I go to the same game as Eephus Blue (I was in left field for Kershaw versus Kuroda) that a Dodger pitcher got hung with a tough loss.

We've had better luck whenever I'm chasing after a woman on a game night ;)

ALVX
ALVX

Greinke got Kershaw'd tonight

InsideThePark (Ethier, Kemp, Puig)
InsideThePark (Ethier, Kemp, Puig)

easiest way to determine the pitching staff for the postseason: Make the cut-off for ERA at 3.99 and below. There goes 11 spots for arms. 8 starters. 5 bench: Federowicz, Ethier, Punto, Schumaker, Young....

last spot to... drum roll: ee Grn. Speed wins

InsideThePark (Ethier, Kemp, Puig)
InsideThePark (Ethier, Kemp, Puig)

whatever happened to Jose Dominguez? Injures his quad trying to track down a pop up! A POP UP! He was supposed to keep League AND Marmol off the postseason roster. Now it looks like Marmol has a spot.

Lobo
Lobo

LOL, If the Dbacks lose tomorrow, they'll finish under .500

gobaers
gobaers

I'm a little late on the uptake this evening, but is anyone else as happy to hear of the Gnats-Pence deal?  It just makes me smile everytime I think of it.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

He's really fringy. I probably wouldn't.

InsideThePark (Ethier, Kemp, Puig)
InsideThePark (Ethier, Kemp, Puig)

Further, you've been so spoiled by uninterrupted viewing, you better fire up the DVR and only start watching at 4pm or you'll kill yourself

InsideThePark (Ethier, Kemp, Puig)
InsideThePark (Ethier, Kemp, Puig)

SAME HERE!!! Did exactly what you did. I can't believe (but I do have to thank) the die-hands for staying with the show since 2008. I've been BB since just 3 weeks ago, lots of sleepless nights

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

@DINGERS!  That's it... you two can never go to the same game again. Ever. And especially not in the postseason.

I Digesti
I Digesti

@InsideThePark (Still Counts) I'd probably take Volquez.  Length and stuff.  I just wouldn't bring him in for power hitters.  The back of the 'pen is set anyway.


Definitely would take Dee over SVS.  Speed guys have more value in the playoffs. Look at what Dave Roberts did for the Chowds in 2004. 

nudibranch
nudibranch

@InsideThePark (Still Counts) I'm not too worried about it.  Dominguez struggles with control (i.e., with his walk rate), although I certainly have no interest in adding Marmol to the postseason roster.

DavidGriffBecerra
DavidGriffBecerra

Tomorrow is dedicated to watching the rest of BB. Well my phone will be for dodgers. Cuz Ryu starting. But I've never been into a tv series like this before

DavidGriffBecerra
DavidGriffBecerra

Yeah I know a few people who have watched every new episode since it started too. And damn lol. I just started watching back in July of this year. I can't wait for tomorrow

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

YHIHF :)

I definitely won't go to the game that Mike will fly all the way to LA for either. I don't want to ruin it for him ;)

TellMyWifeISaidHello
TellMyWifeISaidHello

Speed guys don't suddenly get more valuable in the playoffs. I might take dee but not cause he suddenly became more valuable

InsideThePark (Ethier, Kemp, Puig)
InsideThePark (Ethier, Kemp, Puig)

Marmol has control issues but he's got good stuff. Between the two, who is more prone to giving up the long ball? SVS over Dee means exclusively pinch hitting because "SVS" and "defensive replacement" do not belong in the same sentence.

InsideThePark (Ethier, Kemp, Puig)
InsideThePark (Ethier, Kemp, Puig)

pinch runner or possible long bomb? Dee vs. SVS is a debate worth having, assuming it's a foregone conclusion JHJ goes nowhere near a postseason roster.

gobaers
gobaers

@Cafishin Hunter My standard response is, "There is no 'Dodgers Nation,' we are not a native American tribe."