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By Some Miracle San Francisco Giants Nori Aoki Was Not Tagged Out On This Play

When a player is taking a healthy lead off the base it tends to send a message to the pitcher that maybe--just maybe--he should try to pick him off. Wednesday night Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw had the perfect opportunity to pick off Giants outfielder Nori Aoki. His first baseman was on the bag and Aoki was taking a big lead. The stage was set.But somehow Aoki bent the space-time...
Via FatManWriting
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily SP Rankings: Wednesday, Apr 22

Wednesday brings is another go-around with some of the top aces in the league, including a matchup of dominant NL West left-handers, Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner. Against the struggling Indians, I’d rank Samardzija higher than 12th. Steamer projected Samardzija for a 3.93 ERA entering the season. With the way the Brewers are swinging the bat (feebly), Johnny Cueto could...
Via Baseball Professor
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Almost-Amazing Dodger Pitching Staff

Just a quick weekend post. The Dodgers are currently 7-3, tied for the lead in the NL west. They’ve won five games in a row and have been hitting like expected. Still, the pitching staff, particularly the starters, have seemed uneven. Brandon McCarthy survived a four homer start, and Clayton Kershaw gave up two last night. By ERA-, the Dodgers have been 6% worse than the league...
Via Dodgers Digest
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Yasmani Grandal Catches for Clayton Kershaw’s Second Start of the Season

Yasmani Grandal tags out Wilin Rosario at home plate off a throw from Andre Ethier in right field. (Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA Today Sports) Yasmani Grandal was not anticipating many starts behind the plate this season with reigning National League MVP pitcher Clayton Kershaw on the mound. But that’s where he found himself for game number 10 of the 2015 season, as...
Via The Sports Journal
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers 7, Rockies 3: Clayton Kershaw At His Best-ish And Worst-ish

Dodger starters are no strangers to unusual games lately. A few nights ago, Brandon McCarthy struck out ten, walked none, and allowed four home runs. On opening day, Clayton Kershaw induced one of the highest whiff rates of his career, yet gave up three runs. On his next turn, he allowed six runs. Tonight’s 7-3 win against the Rockies continued the trend. On the one hand, Clayton...
Via Dodgers Digest
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Clayton Kershaw hit in face by line drive, stays in game (Video)

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw was hit in the face by a line drive during Friday's spring training game against Oakland, but stayed in the game.It happened in the third inning as Athletics batter Andy Parrino hit a soft comebacker off a broken bat. Kershaw tried to get out of the way but was hit in the cheek. Fortunately, however, Kershaw was able to continue after...
Via Holdout Sports
March 20, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Clayton Kershaw takes line drive to the face

Your browser does not support iframes. The Los Angeles Dodgers received quite a scare on Friday afternoon when their ace, $215 million man Clayton Kershaw, took a soft liner to the face. Kershaw was pitching in a Cactus League game against the Oakland A’s when infielder Andy Parrino hit a line drive straight back to...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers 2015 Preview: 3 Up and 3 Down

For the second consecutive year, the Los Angeles Dodgers ended their season in a Clayton Kershaw postseason loss in St. Louis. The Dodgers come into 2015 with a new front office featuring two young, sabermetric-minded individuals in General Manager Farhan Zaidi and President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman. They made their presence known at the Winter Meetings, trading fan...
March 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw ready for redemption

The 2014 baseball season for Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw saw the highest of highs, but ended with the lowest of lows. The height was a regular season in which Kershaw posted a 21-3 record with a 1.77 ERA making him the only player in MLB history to lead the league in ERA four straight seasons. He also became only the 11th player to win both the Cy Young and MVP award in...
February 21, 2015  |  Discuss

How many good baseball players were good prospects?

Usually you see this the other way around — how many good prospects became good players? It’s the foundation of any worthwhile prospect analysis, and based on the research, what we indeed observe is that higher-ranking prospects have worked out better than lower-ranking prospects, thereby granting validity to the prospect rankings themselves. If we didn’t […]
Via Fangraphs
February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

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