The Mets (39-42) hope to stop the bleeding against the best team in baseball… The LA Dodgers (52-30)Â Yes, they are freakin 52-30.Â Anyway, in their way will be (LHP) Clayton Kershaw.Â Here’s the skinny onÂ Kershaw (5-5 3.49 ERA 1.31 WHIP).
Full Name: Â Clayton Edward Kershaw
Born: Â March 19,1988 Â inÂ Dallas, Texas
Height: Â 6-3Â Â Weight: Â 220Â Â Bats: Â LeftÂ Â Throws: Â Left
High School: Â Highland Park (Dallas, Texas)Â Â “Scots”
College: Â None
Drafted: Â Selected by Los Angeles Dodgers in 1st Round (7th overall) of 2006 amateur entry draft (June-Reg).
Lifetime Record (10-10 3.92 ERA 1.41WHIP)
Â Â Â Â Â Per MLB.com,
“On July 1 against the Colorado Rockies both sides to Kershaw’s game were evident. One on hand, he kept Rockies hitters off balance and prevented them from making solid contact. On the other hand, he was wild and erratic, walking five batters and exiting after throwing 97 pitches in five innings. For the day, Kershaw allowed one hit and struck out five. He has one career start against the Mets, giving up four runs in 3 2/3 innings.”
Kershaw’s last 2 starts courtesy of Foxsports,
(Sat. Jun 27, 2009) – Kershaw’s streak of scoreless innings came to an end Friday, but the left-hander still held the Mariners to two runs and five hits over six innings while striking out eight in an 8-2 victory.
Kershaw had held opponents scoreless over 12 2-3 innings spanning his previous two starts. Though that streak is over, the 21-year-old still hasn’t given up more than five hits in any of his last 11 outings, going 5-3 with a 2.48 ERA in that stretch. With Friday’s victory, Kershaw has won back-to-back starts for the first time in his career.(STATS, 4:59pm)
(Mon. Jun 22, 2009) – Kershaw pitched seven scoreless innings in a 5-3 win over the Angels on Sunday.
Kershaw walked four but allowed only four hits in his first win since May 27. Since failing to last three innings against San Diego on June 10, he hasn’t allowed a run in 12 2-3 innings spanning two games. “I thought he was terrific. That’s a huge game,” Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. “Two games ago, it was the worst game this year and the last two have been really, very good. He used a lot of offspeed today. I thought he mixed it up really well.”(STATS, 6:43pm)
According to the 2008 Baseball America Prospect Handbook, Kershaw’s fastball now sits comfortably in the mid 90s and he often mixes in a 71-77 MPH curveball, with a hard 1-to-7 trajectory (from hitter’s perspective). He is developing a circle-change that is considered to have “plus” potential. Kershaw has very clean mechanics and a power pitcher frame, without any history of arm trouble.
Scouting Report courtesy of thebaseballcube,
Control: Walks compared to batters faced.
k-Rating: Strikeouts compared to batters faced.
Efficiency: Similar to WHIP, a higher rating for pitchers allowing less baserunners per inning pitched.
The ratings are based on formulas that sum a player’s entire career based on available statistics in our database, including minor league and college data. These scouting scores are to be used as indicators of a player’s strength. A career minor leaguer might have a speed rating of 100 though this does not insinuate that he is a better runner than a major leaguer with a speed rating of 90. Though it does indicate that a player was an excellent base-stealer in the minors, we do not know how he would have fared in the majors.
***According to baseball-reference, through the age of 20, Kershaw’s numbers are similar to Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax.Â Great…