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The 2016 Single-Game Pitching Belt: Kershaw vs. Velasquez

Earlier this week, we again utilized granular batted-ball data to determine whether Vince Velasquez could hold onto the championship belt for the best single-game pitching performance of the season. He did so, beating out Max Scherzer‘s 20-strikeout performance. To this point, we’ve also matched the Phils’ righthander against Jaime Garcia‘s one-hitter and Jake Arrieta‘s...
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A year after the beginning of the end for Clayton Kershaw

One year ago, Clayton Kershaw was entering a May 26 start against the Braves with a 4.32 ERA and a 2-3 record. Coming off winning the NL MVP Award in 2014, he had given up three runs or more in six of his nine starts. Despite relatively fine peripherals (73/16 K/BB in 58.1 IP), there was enough worry that the Twitter account for ESPN‘s ‘Baseball Tonight‘ famously posted a...
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Kershaw: Even Better Than You Think

A casual comment about Clayton Kershaw being in the GOAT conversation yielded the expected Twitter response, but it's not all that far-fetched. Kershaw's peak -- an ongoing experience -- is about as good as any pitcher's peak ever.
Via Sports On Earth
2 days ago

Kershaw Is Forcing Us to Confront the Pedro Question

Over the last 365 days, Clayton Kershaw has been baseball’s best pitcher. That isn’t a particularly enlightening sentence given that he’s almost certainly been the league’s best pitcher over the last several years, as well. At this point, the question isn’t really if Kershaw is the best pitcher, but rather if he is the best overall player, Mike Trout included. Kershaw...
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Is Clayton Kershaw already a Hall of Famer?

On Monday night, Clayton Kershaw laid waste to a bad Cincinnati Reds team. The Los Angeles Dodgers ace threw a complete game shutout, allowing two hits, walking one, and striking out seven while throwing just 102 pitches. It was the tenth time in ten starts Kershaw had completed at least seven innings. His strikeout total of seven was actually his third-lowest mark of the year....
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Clayton Kershaw's curveball causes Reds' Adam Duvall to lose his helmet

Clayton Kershaw tossed his third shutout of the season on Monday night in a 1-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds. And he made hitters look absolutely foolish in the process.And Reds left fielder Adam Duvall was exhibit A.Duvall was so utterly fooled by this curveball that he lost his helmet:But perhaps the biggest news from the game wasn't the complete-game effort, the knee-buckling...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers 1, Reds 0: Clayton Kershaw has terrible start, throws shutout

The Dodgers beat the Reds tonight, 1-0, thanks to Clayton Kershaw being the greatest pitcher on the planet. Hell, he even had 20% of the Dodgers hits on the night (and would’ve had 33% if A.J. Ellis wasn’t the slowest human alive), just because he can. The Dodgers are now back at .500, leveled off at 23-23, and are close to .500 on the road at 11-12. —– Kershaw was on the...
Via Dodgers Digest
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Reviewing Clayton Kershaw’s Four Walks

Here’s a thing: last year, Clayton Kershaw was tied for baseball’s fifth-lowest walk rate by a starting pitcher, out of 78 pitchers. Then, this year, only one guy (Mike Fiers) has dropped his walk rate more substantially than Kershaw. That’s the nerdy and complicated way of saying that Clayton Kershaw has walked four batters this season. He’s made eight starts, he’s completed...
Via Fangraphs
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Bartolo Colon's power surge ends against Clayton Kershaw

Bartolo Colon’s sudden, shocking and apparently short-lived "power surge" ended Thursday night. But is it conceivable that the 42-year-old New York Mets pitcher could have continued his long ball streak had he not decided to “rest” during his at-bat against Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw? Well, probably not. Colon of course homered for the first time in his long...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Clayton Kershaw continues to put up silly numbers with CG shutout of Mets

With Jake Arrieta’s historically amazing run over the last year, and Noah Syndergaard’s emergence as a starting pitcher unlike anything we’ve ever seen, it seems Clayton Kershaw’s been — at least slightly — forgotten when talking amazing pitchers. Which is pretty unfair to Kershaw, given that he’s been the best pitcher in baseball over the last several years, and you...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

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