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Clayton Kershaw | Starting Pitcher

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 3/19/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 225
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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The Baseball Writers Association of American on Thursday named Clayton Kershaw the winner of the 2014 National League MVP award.
The win comes one day after Kershaw won the NL Cy Young award. He received 18 of 30 first-place votes, outdistancing runner-up Giancarlo Stanton and third-place finisher Andrew McCutchen. Kershaw had a historically great season, putting up a 21-3 record, 1.77 ERA and 239/31 K/BB ratio over 198 1/3 innings. Thu, Nov 13, 2014 06:55:00 PM

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Clayton Kershaw won the National League Cy Young award for the 2014 season.

That Kershaw won the award, his third in the last four seasons, was hardly a shock; of more interest was the fact that he received all 30 first-place votes. It was certainly warranted, as Kershaw owned a 21-3 record, 1.77 ERA and 239/31 K/BB ratio over 198 1/3 innings despite missing almost the entire first month of the season. Johnny Cueto finished second, and Adam Wainwright finished third in the voting.
Wed, Nov 12, 2014 06:26:00 PM

The Baseball Writers Association of America announced Tuesday that Johnny Cueto, Clayton Kershaw and Adam Wainwright are finalists for the National League Cy Young award.

The only suspense is who finishes second out of Cueto and Wainwright. Kershaw will run away with his third Cy Young award after a historic season that saw him go 21-3 while posting a 1.77 ERA and 239/31 K/BB ratio over 198 1/3 innings. The winner will be announced next Wednesday.
Tue, Nov 4, 2014 06:37:00 PM

Clayton Kershaw was terrific for six innings but tired in the seventh and served up a decisive three-run homer to Matt Adams in the NLDS Game 4 loss to the Cardinals.

You wouldn't have known Kershaw was pitching on three days' rest, as he looked like his Cy Young-winning self through the first six frames. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly elected to leave him in for the seventh even at 94 pitches, but you can hardly blame him given the state of the team's bullpen. The lefty really made just one big mistake all game, and Adams burned him. Kershaw is now 0-3 with a 6.14 ERA in four career postseason starts versus the Cardinals.
Tue, Oct 7, 2014 08:43:00 PM

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly announced Monday that Clayton Kershaw will start Tuesday's NLDS Game 4 on short rest.

Mattingly decided not to wait and see what happened in Game 3 before making the announcement. Kershaw started last year's NLDS Game 4 versus the Braves on short rest and pitched well, giving up two unearned runs over six innings. Dan Haren had been penciled in as the Game 4 starter but will now be available in relief Monday. Zack Greinke would get the ball in Game 5 if the series goes the distance.
Mon, Oct 6, 2014 06:15:00 PM

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Saturday that he's undecided whether Clayton Kershaw will start Game 4 of the NLDS on short rest.

Mark Saxon of reported last week that it was likely Kershaw would get the ball in Game 4. Ultimately, it will probably be decided based on what happens in Game 3. If the Dodgers are facing elimination in Game 4, expect Kershaw to get the start.
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 02:25:00 PM

Clayton Kershaw was hit hard by the Cardinals in a losing effort in Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Friday, giving up eight runs on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings.

The All-Star southpaw struck out 10 without issuing a walk in the contest. He cruised through the first six innings with very little difficulty, allowing just a pair of solo home runs, but the wheels fell off the train in the seventh. He allowed four straight singles to start the inning, and after striking out Pete Kozma was tagged for an RBI knock off the bat of Jon Jay. He battled back to fan Oscar Taveras, but a three-run double off the bat of Matt Carpenter broke the game open and gave the Cardinals the lead. The Dodgers had been 67-0 all-time when giving Kershaw four or more runs of support. Astoundingly, Kershaw became the first player in Major League history to allow seven or more earned runs in consecutive postseason starts.
Fri, Oct 3, 2014 10:37:00 PM

Mark Saxon of reports that it "appears quite likely" the Dodgers would start Clayton Kershaw on short rest in a potential NLDS Game 4.

Manager Don Mattingly side-stepped the question Tuesday, saying "we wouldn’t even think about it until we see what would happen in Game 1 or what kind of situation we’ll be in." However, Mattingly used Kershaw on short rest in last year's NLDS and the left-hander pitched well. Also, Kershaw threw a simulated game Sunday, four days after his final regular season start, a move Saxon thinks is "seemingly intended to get his body used to short rest." Using Kershaw in Game 4 would mean he and Zack Greinke would start four times if the NLDS went five games. The club is hoping Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) is ready for Game 3. If Ryu is ready and Kershaw goes on short rest, Dan Haren would be ticketed for long relief.
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 07:12:00 PM

Clayton Kershaw threw eight innings of one-run ball to lead the Dodgers past the Giants 9-1 on Wednesday.

With the win, the Dodgers clinched the NL West and Kershaw put an exclamation mark on a Cy Young season. Kershaw scattered eight hits and didn't walk a batter in tying his career high with 21 wins. Kershaw finishes the regular season 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 239/31 K/BB rate across 198 1/3 innings. He'll soon be awarded his third Cy Young. The more interesting debate will take place in the consciousness of NL MVP voters.
Thu, Sep 25, 2014 01:27:00 AM

Clayton Kershaw had one of his worst starts of the season but still notched win No. 20 Friday, allowing three runs over five frames in a 14-5 clobbering of the Cubs.

Kershaw looked off from the jump after having to wait a while to take the mound following the Dodgers’ six-run top of the first inning. He gave three runs back in the bottom of the frame and had to pitch out of jams in each of the next four innings. Kershaw gave up seven hits and walked three on the day, though he did record nine punchouts. The lefty still sports a microscopic 1.80 ERA after the less-than-sharp effort. He’ll get the Giants next week in his final start of the regular season.
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 06:07:00 PM

Clayton Kershaw threw eight innings of two-run ball to lead the Dodgers past the Giants 4-2 on Sunday.

It was an uncharacteristic start for Kershaw, as his seven hits allowed were the most in a start since August 5. More characteristically, the southpaw walked just one while striking out nine. The win moved him to 19-3 with a 1.70 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 219/28 K/BB ratio through 185 1/3 innings this year. There are few superlatives left to say about Kershaw at this point. The Cubs are the next on Kershaw's list, as they'll meet up in Chicago Friday.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 09:45:00 PM

Clayton Kershaw allowed three runs -- one earned -- over eight innings as the Dodgers topped the Padres 9-4 on Monday.

By his standards, this start was a dud. Kershaw scattered three hits and walked two to become baseball's first 18-game winner. Los Angeles has won all but one of Kershaw's 18 starts since the beginning of June. The left-hander has worked at least eight innings in eight of his last nine outings. Now 18-3 with a 1.67 ERA, Kershaw travels to San Francisco for a pivotal matchup on Sunday.
Tue, Sep 9, 2014 01:29:00 AM

Clayton Kershaw twirled eight innings of one-run ball in Tuesday's victory over the Nationals, racking up eight strikeouts and allowing only three hits.

Kershaw allowed only a seventh inning solo Bryce Harper homer to become baseball's first 17-game winner and notch his fifth consecutive victory. The left-hander has worked seven innings or more in 15 straight starts, and given up more than three earned runs just once all season. How's this for dominance?: Kershaw allowed one run in a start in March, missed April, had a 4.08 ERA in May, a 0.82 ERA in June, a 1.07 ERA in July, and a 1.80 ERA in August. Kershaw is a heavy favorite to win his third Cy Young Award, and is also a strong MVP candidate. Overall, he's 17-3 with a 1.70 ERA and 0.83 WHIP, numbers he takes into a date with the Padres next week. Good luck, San Diego.
Wed, Sep 3, 2014 01:22:00 AM

Clayton Kershaw surrendered only an unearned run across eight innings, striking out 10, in Wednesday's 3-1 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Kershaw scattered six hits and walked two. The left-hander has now worked seven innings or more in 14 straight starts. He's given up more than three earned runs just once all season, remarkable consistency that is summed up in a gorgeous 1.73 ERA. Kershaw (16-3) welcomes the Nationals to Southern California next time around.
Thu, Aug 28, 2014 12:56:00 AM

Clayton Kershaw pitched eight innings of one-run ball to earn his 15th win of the year as the Dodgers topped the Padres 2-1 on Thursday.

San Diego nickel-and-dimed Kershaw for a run in the seventh, culminating in Rene Rivera singling home Abraham Almonte, but was otherwise helpless against the best pitcher in the world. Kershaw was originally scheduled to start tomorrow in the series opener against the Mets, but Zack Greinke was pushed back a few days to give his sore elbow some rest, and the Dodgers took advantage of Monday's off day to keep Kershaw on regular rest. Kershaw "struggled" to the tune of a 4.08 ERA in May. He allowed one run in a start in March, missed April, had a 0.82 ERA in June, a 1.07 ERA in July, and owns a 2.25 ERA so far in August. Overall, he's 15-3 with a 1.82 ERA, numbers he takes into a date in Arizona on Wednesday.
Fri, Aug 22, 2014 12:58:00 AM

Depth Charts

C1Yasmani Grandal
2A.J. Ellis
3Austin Barnes
4Ali Solis
1B1Adrian Gonzalez
2Jamie Romak
2B1Howie Kendrick
2Justin Turner
3Alex Guerrero
4Enrique Hernandez
SS1Jimmy Rollins
2Darwin Barney
3B1Juan Uribe
LF1Carl Crawford
2Chris Heisey
3Scott Van Slyke
4Scott Schebler
CF1Joc Pederson
RF1Yasiel Puig
2Andre Ethier
Starting Pitcher
S1Clayton Kershaw
2Zack Greinke
3Hyun-Jin Ryu
4Brandon McCarthy
5Brett Anderson
6Juan Nicasio
7Joe Wieland
8Zach Lee
9Chris Reed
Relief Pitcher
R1Kenley Jansen
2Joel Peralta
3J.P. Howell
4Brandon League
5Chris Hatcher
6Jamey Wright
7Pedro Baez
8Paco Rodriguez
9Yimi Garcia
10Carlos Frias
11Daniel Coulombe
12Adam Liberatore
13Chris Withrow
14Sergio Santos