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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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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. Nov 2 - 12:25 AM

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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.
Nov 1 - 6:13 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.
Oct 31 - 4:46 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.
Oct 30 - 1:42 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.
Oct 24 - 10:40 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.
Oct 20 - 12:55 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.
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

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