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Clayton Kershaw | Starting Pitcher | #22

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 3/19/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 228
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (7) / LA
Contract: view contract details

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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after Thursday's game that Clayton Kershaw would start Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday.
The Dodgers could give Kershaw extra rest by using him in Games 2 and 6, but they'd have more flexibility in how they'd use him over the rest of the series by giving him the ball in Game 1. It's doubtful that they'll try pitching in Game 4 on three days' rest, but using him in Game 5 would allow him to potentially pitch in relief in Game 7. Roberts didn't talk about the rest of the rotation, but it seems likely that Yu Darvish will pitch in Game 2, followed by Rich Hill and Alex Wood. Oct 20 - 12:55 AM

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Clayton Kershaw pitched six innings of one-run ball as the Dodgers closed out the NLCS on Thursday.

It might have been interesting to see if Kershaw would have stayed in a 2-1 game tonight, given that the seventh has been his danger inning. However, with the Dodgers up 9-1, there was no reason to keep him in past the sixth, even if he was at just 89 pitches. Kershaw now has a 3.63 ERA in his three starts this October. The Dodgers will have the option of bringing him back for Game 1 of the World Series on normal rest, though it might make more sense to go with Yu Darvish then and set up Kershaw for Games 2 and 6.
Oct 19 - 11:41 PM

Clayton Kershaw allowed two runs over five innings Saturday in a no-decision against the Cubs in Game 1 of the NLCS.

Kershaw danced around trouble through the game's first three innings but couldn't escape it in the fourth, when Albert Almora socked a two-run homer to give the Cubs a lead. The homer was the fifth given up by Kershaw in two postseason starts this year. He finished with four hits and a walk allowed, striking out four, and didn't factor in the decision. Given how evenly matched these two teams are, there's a good chance we'll see the southpaw again before the series is over.
Oct 14 - 11:35 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced the team's starting rotation for the National League Championship Series against the Cubs.

Clayton Kershaw will face either Jose Quintana or John Lackey in Game 1. Rich Hill will oppose Jon Lester in Game 2. Yu Darvish will start Game 3 and Alex Wood will start Game 4 for the Dodgers. The Cubs have not yet announced their starters beyond Game 2.
Oct 13 - 8:37 PM

Clayton Kershaw allowed four runs in 6 1/3 innings to earn a victory over the Diamondbacks in Friday's NLDS game.

All four runs came on solo bombs by A.J. Pollock, J.D. Martinez, Ketel Marte and Jeff Mathis. Kershaw surrendered just one hit that didn't leave the yard. He punched out seven batters and issued three walks. The usually-dominant left-hander has struggled in the playoffs throughout his career and tonight was no exception.
Oct 7 - 2:46 AM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Sunday that he's already told Clayton Kershaw he will not be asked to start on short rest during the NLDS.

Of course, the club has said similar things before and then still started Kershaw on three days' rest. It could be different this time around, though, as it was cited at the time of their acquisition of Yu Darvish that a major reason why they made the trade was so that they didn't have to start Kershaw on short rest early on in the postseason. The three-time Cy Young winner will take the ball in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday versus either the Rockies or Diamondbacks.
Oct 1 - 1:46 PM

Clayton Kershaw allowed three earned runs, seven hits and no walks over four innings in a no-decision Saturday at Colorado.

Kershaw didn't bring his best stuff to the park, and he was pulled after just 57 pitches in an effort to preserve him for the postseason. He also likely got a quick hook after manager Dave Roberts saw Max Scherzer leave earlier in the day with an injury scare.
Oct 1 - 2:34 AM

Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts officially named Clayton Kershaw as his starter for Game 1 of the NLDS.

He did say however that as of now he did not plan on using Kershaw on short rest in Game 4 of the series. If the Dodgers find themselves facing elimination in that situation though, you'd have to think that Roberts could reconsider that stance.
Sep 29 - 6:37 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Clayton Kershaw's final regular-season start Saturday in Colorado will be an abbreviated one.

It makes sense to ease up on the 29-year-old ace ahead of the National League Division Series. Kershaw probably won't go more than 3-4 innings at Coors Field.
Sep 26 - 7:22 PM

Clayton Kershaw picked up his 18th victory of the season on Sunday, limiting the Giants to one run on eight hits over his eight innings.

The star southpaw racked up six strikeouts on the afternoon and didn't walk a batter. The only blemish on his afternoon was a solo homer off the bat of Mac Williamson in the eighth inning. He'll head into his final regular season start against the Rockies on Friday with a sparkling 2.21 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 200/30 K/BB ratio across 171 innings.
Sep 24 - 7:13 PM

Clayton Kershaw gave up four runs in six innings Monday in a loss to the Phillies.

All four runs came on the first grand slam ever allowed by Kershaw, that coming off the bat of Aaron Altherr in the sixth. Before that, he was doing just fine; he allowed two singles and no walks over the first five innings. If he had made one better pitch to Altherr, he's most likely 18-3 with a 2.04 ERA right now. Instead, he's 17-4 with a 2.26 ERA. It might be that the one pitch will cost him the Cy Young Award.
Sep 18 - 10:14 PM

Clayton Kershaw allowed two runs - one earned - and eight hits with a walk and six strikeouts over six innings in a victory Tuesday in San Francisco.

Kershaw rebounded after a shabby performance last time out, and he helped slap the brakes on L.A.'s 11-game slide in grand style. Despite the fact he missed five weeks due to a back injury Kershaw is still tied for the major league lead with Milwaukee's Zach Davies with 17 victories.
Sep 13 - 2:37 AM

Clayton Kershaw had a rare off-night in Thursday's loss to the Rockies, surrendering four runs on six hits in just 3 2/3 innings.

The star southpaw punched out seven and walked three in the abbreviated outing. The Rockies jumped on him right out of the gate, with a pair of hits and then a three-run bomb from Nolan Arenado before Kershaw recorded an out. Even with this blip in the radar, he still sports an outstanding 2.15 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 182/27 K/BB ratio across 151 innings on the season. He'll take on the Giants in San Francisco his next time out on Tuesday.
Sep 8 - 1:48 AM

Clayton Kershaw dominated the Padres for six innings Friday, striking out seven and allowing two hits in a victory.

Kershaw was only expected to go five tonight, but he was cruising, and he ended up making it through six in 70 pitches, 53 of them strikes. He walked no one, and both hits off him were singles. Brandon Morrow, Tony Watson and Kenley Jansen went on to finish up the two-hitter in a 1-0 game.
Sep 2 - 1:33 AM

Dodgers activated LHP Clayton Kershaw from the 10-day disabled list.

Kershaw has been on the shelf since July 24 due to his back issue. Before his stint on the disabled list, he was dominating with a 15-2 record, 2.04 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 168/24 K/BB ratio through his first 141 1/3 innings. He returns to an extremely favorable matchup against the Padres in San Diego on Friday.
Sep 1 - 6:09 PM

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3Kyle Farmer
1B1Cody Bellinger
2Adrian Gonzalez
2B1Logan Forsythe
2Chase Utley
3Charlie Culberson
4Tim Locastro
SS1Corey Seager
3B1Justin Turner
LF1Curtis Granderson
2Franklin Gutierrez
3Andre Ethier
4O'Koyea Dickson
5Andrew Toles
CF1Chris Taylor
2Enrique Hernandez
3Alex Verdugo
4Trayce Thompson
RF1Yasiel Puig
2Joc Pederson
Starting Pitcher
S1Clayton Kershaw
2Yu Darvish
3Alex Wood
4Rich Hill
5Kenta Maeda
6Hyun-Jin Ryu
7Brandon McCarthy
8Brock Stewart
9Scott Kazmir
Relief Pitcher
R1Kenley Jansen
2Pedro Baez
3Tony Watson
4Brandon Morrow
5Luis Avilan
6Grant Dayton
7Tony Cingrani
8Ross Stripling
9Josh Fields
10Edward Paredes
11Josh Ravin
12Walker Buehler
13Adam Liberatore
14Yimi Garcia