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Clayton Kershaw | Starting Pitcher | #22

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 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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Clayton Kershaw struck out eight over five scoreless innings Sunday against the Padres.
Vintage Kershaw showed out today, as the southpaw scattered five hits without issuing a walk in his five innings. He's yet to allow a run in five spring starts, striking out 19 across 14 2/3 innings. This kid may have a future in the league. Mar 18 - 8:08 PM

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Clayton Kershaw struck out seven batters over 3 2/3 scoreless innings Monday in a Cactus League start against the Brewers.

Kershaw has now worked 9 2/3 scoreless innings this spring, with 11 strikeouts. The ace left-hander will be the Dodgers' Opening Day starter on March 29 against the rival Giants.
Mar 12 - 5:26 PM

Clayton Kershaw let up three hits over three shutout frames Wednesday in the Dodgers’ Cactus League win over the Angels.

Not a bad day at the office for Kershaw, who finished with two strikeouts and the same number of walks. The three-time Cy Young winner loaded the bases in the third but Justin Upton got him out of the jam by popping up to end the inning. The Angels’ three hits off Kershaw were all singles. The stud left-hander hasn’t missed a beat this spring, piling up five strikeouts over six scoreless frames. Kershaw has struggled with back issues the past couple of years but remains arguably the league’s top arm when healthy.
Mar 7 - 6:26 PM

Clayton Kershaw tossed two scoreless innings against the White Sox in his Cactus League debut on Friday.

After throwing just 11 pitches for three outs in his spring debut last week, Kershaw got a little more work in this time. The Dodgers’ ace struck out a pair while allowing a bloop hit and a walk. Kershaw has missed time with a back injury in each of the last two seasons, but he’s been elite when healthy and should still be the first starting pitcher off the board in most fantasy leagues this spring.
Mar 2 - 9:59 PM

Clayton Kershaw threw one scoreless inning on Sunday in his first start of the spring in the Cactus League against the Mariners.

Kershaw only had to throw 11 pitches, as the Mariners were aggressive against the southpaw in his inning of work. It's a little surprising to see him only throw the one inning with that small of a pitch count, but the Dodgers aren't going to push their most important player. Assuming a clean bill of health, Kershaw will be one of the best pitchers in baseball again in 2018.
Feb 25 - 3:55 PM

Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi said he has kept an "open dialogue" with Clayton Kershaw about his contract status.

Kershaw has an opt-out after the 2018 season and figures to exercise it if everything goes smoothly for him this summer. Zaidi wouldn't comment on whether the two parties have already discussed a contract extension. Kershaw, 29, is currently due $35.57 million this season, $34.57 million next season, and $35.57 million for 2020. The ace left-hander registered a 2.31 ERA, 0.949 WHIP, and 202/30 K/BB ratio across 175 innings in 2017.
Feb 20 - 6:11 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts named Clayton Kershaw his Opening Day starter on Tuesday.

Official workouts haven't even begun at Dodgers camp in Arizona, but Roberts figured he might as well get this announcement out of the way. Kershaw has started the Dodgers' last seven Opening Days and will set a new franchise record when he makes his eighth Opening Day start on March 29 against the Giants. He enters the 2018 season as the No. 1 pitcher in fantasy baseball after going 18-4 with a 2.31 ERA, 0.949 WHIP, and 202/30 K/BB ratio over 175 innings in 2017.
Feb 13 - 5:39 PM

Clayton Kershaw pitched four scoreless innings in relief of a loss to the Astros on Wednesday in Game 7 of the World Series.

Some Dodger fans will ask "where the heck was this three nights ago," but nevertheless, Kershaw was outstanding in relief. He located his curveball, got ahead with his fastball, and with few exceptions, had the Astros hitters completely off-balance. Outside of two innings -- and they were two big innings, no question -- Kershaw was outstanding in this series. He remains the best pitcher in baseball, and assuming the back holds up, that won't change in 2018.
Thu, Nov 2, 2017 12:25:00 AM

Clayton Kershaw could be available to throw between 40-50 pitches on Wednesday in Game 7 of the World Series.

Roberts also said that Kenley Jansen could come in as a "mid-game fireman" on Wednesday, and that Alex Wood is available in the bullpen as well. Roberts has said a lot of things in this World Series, and not all of them have come to fruition. Based on his comments before the game, however, it would be a major upset if Kershaw didn't pitch at some point in Game 7.
Wed, Nov 1, 2017 06:13:00 PM

Clayton Kershaw will be available in an emergency situation Tuesday in Game 6 of the World Series against the Astros.

But manager Dave Roberts suggested to the media that he would prefer to hold Kershaw out for a longer relief appearance in a potential Game 7 on Wednesday. Kershaw was unable to make it through five innings in Game 5 on Sunday, yielding six earned runs over 4 2/3 frames in a wild 13-12 extra-innings loss.
Tue, Oct 31, 2017 04:46:00 PM

Clayton Kershaw was unable to make it through five innings against the Astros in Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday, allowing six runs on four hits across 4 2/3 innings.

The left-hander also issued three free passes while striking out only two. Early on, it looked as though Kershaw was going to deliver another dominant performance, allowing just one hit through three shutout innings to begin the game. The Astros got to him in the fourth though, where Carlos Correa delivered an RBI double and Yulieski Gurriel followed with a game-tying three-run blast. Kershaw remained on for the fifth inning, leaving with two men on and two outs, both inherited runners coming around to score on a three-run blast by Altuve immediately after he departed. The way this series has gone, there's a chance we could see Kershaw again out of the bullpen should the series go seven games.
Mon, Oct 30, 2017 01:42:00 AM

Clayton Kershaw struck out 11 batters over seven innings of one-run ball as the Dodgers beat the Astros 3-1 in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday.

Kershaw needed just 83 pitches to secure 21 outs. He issued zero walks, becoming only the second pitcher in baseball history to tally 11 strikeouts and allow zero free passes in a World Series game since Don Newcombe of the 1949 Brooklyn Dodgers. The one run against Kershaw came on a solo shot by Alex Bregman in the top of the fourth inning. The ace left-hander gave up only two other hits, both of them singles. We'll next see him in Game 5, if that game is necessary.
Tue, Oct 24, 2017 10:40:00 PM

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.
Fri, Oct 20, 2017 12:55:00 AM

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.
Thu, Oct 19, 2017 11:41:00 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.
Sat, Oct 14, 2017 11:35:00 PM

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