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Clayton Kershaw (SP)

Los Angeles Dodgers - 66% owned

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Clayton Kershaw was utterly dominant through five innings on Tuesday night, as he entered the sixth frame leading 3-0 with eight strikeouts, no walks, and just one hit allowed. Kershaw then gave up four consecutive tough-luck hits to make the score 3-2 before Giancarlo Stanton made it 5-3 with a 433-foot bomb. He recovered with two more strikeouts to end the inning and pitched a scoreless seventh as well.

Fantasy Impact: Kershaw was a victim of sequencing tonight, as seven innings with ten strikeouts, zero walks, and seven hits has the look of a dominant start. There is obviously nothing for fantasy owners to worry about here. Kershaw's season-long ERA now sits at 2.43 and should be expected to trend downward.

 

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Clayton Kershaw went eight strong innings against the Braves on Thursday, striking out ten and walking one. The Dodgers were unable to get him the win, as he left the game with the score tied 1-1.

Fantasy Impact: Kershaw now has 30 strikeouts against just three walks in 30.0 innings pitched this season. His ERA sits at 1.50 as he looks for another typically dominant season.

 

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Clayton Kershaw allowed five hits, three runs (two earned), and struck out six in seven innings pitched Friday night against the San Francisco Giants. 73-of-107 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Kershaw has a 1.64 ERA, 0.55 WHIP with 20 strikeouts in 22 innings pitched so far in 2016. The scary thing is that he's shown that he can go to another level. If he does, then he will show why he is far and away the best pitcher in the game.

 

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Clayton Kershaw allowed four hits, two earned runs, walked one and struck out five Saturday in San Francisco. Two of the hits were solo home runs by Madison Bumgarner and Ehire Adrianza. 60-of-91 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: The start of the game was delayed due to rain. It was also strange that the ball was carrying out on a wet day in San Francisco. With that said, it was Bumgarner's second career home run off Kershaw, so maybe he just has his number. This is basically Kershaw's floor, which is a great game for most pitchers. The dominant performances will come.

 

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Clayton Kershaw pitched a one-hit, shutout over the San Diego Padres Monday night. He walked one and struck out nine in seven innings. 61-of-96 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: He is the number one pitcher in fantasy for a reason. His fastball command was sharp, his curveball was nasty, and his slider was unhittable. He is also working on a changeup. Granted, the Padres are not an offensive juggernaut, but if tonight was any indication, he could be in line for a monster season and justify the high cost of ownership.

 

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Clayton Kershaw allowed seven hits, two earned runs and walked three in five innings pitched Thursday night against the Cleveland Indians. He did strike out seven.

Fantasy Impact: Kershaw's floor is the ceiling for many pitchers. That is one of the reasons why he is the consensus number one pitcher in fantasy. He can also deliver a sub-2.00 ERA, sub-0.9 WHIP and 300 strikeouts. That is why he is the fourth overall player being selected in drafts.

 

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Clayton Kershaw allowed six hits and two earned runs Saturday against the Chicago White Sox. He struck out four and did not walk a batter.

Fantasy Impact: Kershaw is arguably the best pitcher in the game and his ADP reflects it (#1 starting pitcher and #4 overall player). While most will choose offense in the first round, Kershaw's high floor and ceiling provides a compelling case to go with the stud pitcher.

 

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Brandon Beachy gets roughed up

Fri, Mar 18th 7:21pm EDT
By Stan Son

Brandon Beachy allowed six earned runs, five hits, walked four, and struck out one Friday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Fantasy Impact: Beachy is in the competition for one of the final two spots in the Dodgers starting rotation. Prior to today's outing, he had not allowed an earned run in five innings. Beachy has undergone Tommy John surgery twice and his eight innings pitched for the Dodgers last year were terrible. With that said, he's shown the ability to strikeout over 10 batters per nine in the past. With the friendly ballpark and good team behind him, Beachy could be of value in the fantasy game, as he is not being selected in drafts.

 

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Clayton Kershaw did not allow an earned run in five innings Sunday against the Colorado Rockies. He gave up 2 hits, walked one and struck out three.

Fantasy Impact: The cost to acquire Kershaw is a steep one, as you will have to spend a first round pick. With that said, his floor is so high that he could be worth it. It all comes down to your philosophy on drafting pitchers, whether you take the plunge with Kershaw.

 

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Clayton Kershaw strikes out five

Tue, Mar 8th 7:41pm EST
By Stan Son

Clayton Kershaw struck out five Cubs in three innings of work Tuesday afternoon. He allowed five hits, one walk and one earned run.

Fantasy Impact: Kershaw is the No. 1 pitcher in fantasy and will be drafted in the first round of most drafts, especially after he struck out an insane 301 batters last year. While he probably will not reach that mark again, if you are going to spend an early pick on a pitcher, then Kershaw is as safe a bet as there is.

 

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Clayton Kershaw threw 30 pitches in two scoreless innings of work Thursday against the Chicago White Sox. He allowed one hit, walked one and struck out two batters.

Fantasy Impact: Kershaw became the 34th pitcher to reach the 300 strikeout mark last year. He's currently the fourth overall player taken in preseason drafts. Draft. Set. Forget.

 

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Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda has agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Terms of the deal were not announced. (Source: Matt Snyder at cbssports.com)

Fantasy Impact: Maeda is a 6'0" 154-pound right-handed pitcher from Japan. In eight seasons pitching for Hiroshima of the Japan Central League, Maeda went 97-67 with a 2.49 ERA, 1.048 WHIP and 1,233 strikeouts in 1,509 innings. His fastball sits in the 87-92 mph range, but it's his control of the slider, changeup and curveball that make him deadly. He also possesses a two-seam sinking fastball.

 

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Clayton Kershaw pitched seven magnificent innings Tuesday night in Game 4 of the 2015 NLDS. He allowed one earned run, three hits (one home run), walked one, and struck out eight. 62-of-94 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Kershaw was finally able to notch a postseason win after dropping his last four starts. His career postseason record is now 2-6. Regardless of what transpires the rest of the postseason, Kershaw will be one of the first pitchers, and possibly players, drafted in 2016 fantasy drafts.

 

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Clayton Kershaw was great in Game 1 of the 2015 NLDS. Unfortunately, the Mets deGrom was amazing. Kershaw ended up allowing three earned runs, four hits, walked four, and struck out 11 in 6 2/3 innings. Three of the walks were issued in the seventh inning and two of the earned runs were charged after reliever Pedro Baez allowed a single to David Wright with the bases loaded. 75-of-113 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Kershaw finished as the #3 overall player on the ESPN Player Rater. He struck out a career high 301 batters over 232 2/3 innings and finished the regular season with a 2.13 ERA and 0.881 WHIP. It's unfortunate that his playoff stats have been underwhelming: 4.99 ERA, 22 walks, 69 strikeouts, and 7 home runs allowed in 57 2/3 innings. Don't let that stop you from selecting Kershaw as one of the first pitchers in 2016.

 

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Clayton Kershaw only pitched 3 2/3 innings Sunday against the San Diego Padres. He allowed two hits and struck out seven to collect his 301st strikeout of the season. 43-of-60 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: This is the first year that Kershaw has eclipsed the 300 strikeout barrier and first year he will finish as the MLB strikeout leader. For 2015, Kershaw finished with a 2.13 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, 301 strikeouts and 42 walks in 232 2/3 innings.

 

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Clayton Kershaw will start Sunday but won't pitch a full game. (Source: Bill Plunkett on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It will be a glorified bullpen session so that Kershaw can get to 300 strikeouts on the season.

 

Clayton Kershaw one-hit the San Francisco Giants to clinch the NL West Tuesday night. He did not allow an earned run, walked one and struck out 13. 73-of-104 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Wow. That's the way to clinch the NL West and a playoff berth for the Dodgers. I'm sure fantasy owners are ecstatic with the performance, but don't count on another outing in the regular season. Kershaw finished 2015 with a 2.16 ERA, 0.89 WHIP with 294 strikeouts in 229 innings. Simply amazing.

 

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Mat Latos released

Fri, Sep 25th 6:19pm EDT
By Stan Son

The Los Angeles Dodgers released pitcher Mat Latos. (Source: Dodgers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: When Latos was designated for assignment a few weeks ago, it was Mike Bolsiger who took his spot in the rotation. Looks like Bolsinger is here to stay.

 

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Clayton Kershaw allowed three earned runs, six hits, walked one and struck out nine batters Thursday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. 57-of-80 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Kershaw was pulled after pitching five innings down 3-0. Fortunately, the Dodgers offense perked up and put him in line for the win. Although Kershaw was angry getting taken out so early, I think it was the smart move as Mattingly is gearing up for the playoffs. Keep this is mind as there is little reason to stress Kershaw in his last couple of starts.

 

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Clayton Kershaw allowed three earned runs, seven hits, walked two and struck out eight in seven innings Saturday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates. 70-of-100 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Since the start of July, Kershaw has allowed more than one earned run in a game only two times. On the season, Kershaw has a 2.18 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, and 272 strikeouts in 215 innings pitched. He is the No. 3 overall player on the ESPN Player Rater.

 

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Clayton Kershaw dominates the Rockies

Tue, Sep 15th 12:42am EDT
By Stan Son

Clayton Kershaw allowed one earned run, three hits, walked two, and struck out five in seven innings Monday night against the Rockies. 71-of-105 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Kershaw is the No. 3 overall player on the ESPN Player Rater, behind teammate Zack Greinke and Jake Arrieta. On the season, Kershaw has a 2.12 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and a ridiculous 264 strikeouts in 208 innings pitched.

 

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Clayton Kershaw allowed one earned run, four hits, walked two, and struck out eight in seven innings Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. 66-of-106 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: With his outing on Tuesday, Kershaw eclipsed the 200-innings pitched mark for the fifth time in his career. After languishing with an ERA in the 4's to begin the season, Kershaw has now lowered it to 2.15. 259 strikeouts in 201 innings with 36 walks. Sick.

 

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Clayton Kershaw was masterful Wednesday night against the San Francisco Giants. He allowed one earned run, six hits, walked one, and struck out 15 for the complete game. 95-of-132 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: With closer Kenley Jansen having pitched two straight days, manager Don Mattingly let Kershaw go a season-high 132 pitches for the victory. September is winning time so he wasn't taking any chances. With tonight's performance, Kershaw has now set a career high with 251 strikeouts, the most by a Dodger pitcher since Sandy Koufax in 1966 (courtesy of @DodgerInsider).

 

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Clayton Kershaw pitched eight masterful innings Friday night against the Cubs. He allowed one earned run, three hits, walked one, and struck out 14. 79-of-108 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: In his last four starts, Kershaw has allowed three earned runs and struck out 39 batters in 31 innings. On the season, he's sporting a 2.24 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, and has struck out 236 batters in 185 innings. Kershaw is the #3 starting pitcher on ESPN's Player Rater, behind Jake Arrieta and fellow teammate Zack Greinke.

 

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Clayton Kershaw allowed one earned run on seven hits Sunday in Houston. He did not issue a walk and struck out 10 in eight innings. At one point, he threw 18 consecutive strikes. 74-of-111 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Kershaw was brilliant again. It's too bad Kenley Jansen blew the save. Kershaw has allowed more than three runs four times this season. He's now sporting a 2.29 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, and has struck out 222 batters in 177 innings. Kershaw is the #8 overall players on ESPN's Player Rater.

 

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Clayton Kershaw allowed one earned run on five hits Tuesday night in Oakland. He walked two and struck out seven in seven innings pitched. 76-of-116 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Kershaw is the #7 overall player on ESPN's Player Rater. Zack Greinke is #2. On the season, Kershaw has a 2.34 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, and has struck out 212 batters in 169 innings pitched.

 

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Clayton Kershaw shut out the Nationals Wednesday night in Los Angeles. He allowed three hits and struck out eight. 71-of-101 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: With the eight strikeouts, Kershaw now has 205 on the season. He is the first Dodger since Sandy Koufax to post six straight 200-K seasons (courtesy of DodgerInsider on Twitter).

 

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Clayton Kershaw's scoreless streak ended at 37 innings when he allowed a first inning home run to Gregory Polanco. On the night, he allowed four earned runs on nine hits, walked two, and struck out five. He also hit a batter. 64-of-97 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Kershaw just had a rough night all around. He was hit by a pitch while batting, knocked down a comebacker with his bare hand, and had a ball ricochet off his foot. His control was off all night, as evidenced by the hit batter. These kinds of nights happen. Kershaw has been utterly dominant and should return to form.

 

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Clayton Kershaw pitched a brilliant eight innings Saturday against the Angels. He allowed two hits, walked one, and struck out seven. 77-of-115 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Kershaw has not allowed an earned run in 34 innings. Zack Greinke just had his scorelees innings streak snapped at 45 2/3 innings. What a duo those two have been for the Dodgers. Kershaw has now lowered his ERA to 2.37 and WHIP to 0.91.

 

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Clayton Kershaw scratched today

Fri, Jul 31st 6:13pm EDT
By Stan Son

Clayton Kershaw will not pitch today. Zack Greinke will pitch today with Kershaw going tomorrow. (Source: Los Angeles Dodgers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Dodgers just giving Kershaw another day of rest. He did perform some drills today so there doesn't seem to be anything serious.

 

The Dodgers, Braves, and Marlins finally consummated a deal that would send Matt Latos, Michael Morse, Alex Wood, Jim Johnson, Luis Avilan, Jose Peraza, and Bronson Arroyo to the Dodgers. The Braves receive Hector Olivera, Zachary Bird, and Paco Rodriguez. The Marlins receive three minor-league pitchers: Jeff Brigham, Victor Araujo, and Kevin Guzman. (Source: CBSsports.com)

Fantasy Impact: The fantasy values of Matt Latos and Alex Wood should elevate, as they will probably slot right into the Dodgers starting rotation. Michael Morse is probably irrelevant due to the crowded outfield situation in LA. Luis Avilan and Jim Johnson will bolster the Dodgers bullpen, but they are no threat to closer Kenley Jansen. Jose Peraza will languish in the minor leagues and Paco Rodriguez is a lefty specialist in the bullpen.

 

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Clayton Kershaw will pitch Friday

Wed, Jul 29th 6:30pm EDT
By Stan Son

Clayton Kershaw is now slated to pitch Friday. (Source: Ken Gurnick on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The hip/glute issue doesn't seem serious, as his start is moved back only two days.

 

The trade that was to send Matt Latos and Michael Morse from the Marlins to the Dodgers may be falling apart, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald. "Total confusion" was how he put it. (Source: Clark Spencer on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: There's been chatter that it could be a medical issue or the Dodgers trying to flip Morse. It's all speculation and nothing official has been relayed.

 

Clayton Kershaw may be scratched from today's start due to a sore hip/glute. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: No official word has been made and a decision should be forthcoming later today. It doesn't sound like a serious injury, as the Twitter chatter has Kershaw possibly pitching later this week.

 

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Clayton Kershaw dominated the Mets Thursday night in New York. He carried a perfect game into the seventh inning until Curtis Granderson lined a single to right field. On the night, Kershaw allowed three hits and struck out 11. He did not walk a batter and threw 79-of-104 pitches for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Kershaw has not allowed an earned run in 26 innings, spanning his last three starts. He and Greinke are pitching unbelievably right now, with Greinke sporting a 43 inning scoreless streak of his own. Kershaw is now No.7 on ESPN's Player Rater for starting pitchers. He's leading MLB with 185 strikeouts and could eclipse his career high of 248 this year.

 

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Clayton Kershaw was magnificent Saturday against the Nationals in Washington. He threw eight innings of shutout baseball while allowing three hits and striking out a season-high 14 batters. 73-of-101 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Kershaw has had some struggles this year, but is now sporting a 2.68 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, and has struck out 174 batters in 131 innings. He's not going to catch the 513 strikeouts that Matt Kilroy posted in 1886, but 300 is within reach. For those that bought low, congratulations.

 

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Clayton Kershaw was magnificent Wednesday night against the Philadelphia Phillies. He went the distance, allowing eight hits, and striking out 13. 92-of-123 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Kershaw is now sporting an ERA of 2.85 with a 1.02 WHIP. He's struck out 160 batters in 123 innings. His career high is 248 in 2011. He's on pace for 300 strikeouts. The single season record is 513 by Matt Kilroy in 1886. I think it's safe to say that record will never be broken. After a terrible start to the season, Kershaw is back to his dominating ways and could end up as the No. 1 fantasy option if Max Scherzer falters.

 

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Clayton Kershaw allowed one earned run on five hits in seven innings Friday night against the New York Mets. He walked two and struck out seven. 68-of-102 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: It's too bad the Dodgers could not muster more than one run against Noah Syndergaard, as it left Kershaw with a no-decision. Kershaw has pitched eight consecutive quality starts and is now sporting a 3.08 ERA and 1.04 WHIP on the season. He's struck out a ridiculous 147 batters in 114 innings pitched.

 

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Clayton Kershaw struck out nine Marlins without issuing a walk Saturday in Miami. He allowed seven hits and three runs, but only one was earned as the defense committed two errors. 73-of-101 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: It's just one of those seasons for Kershaw. Just ask his fellow pitching mate, Zack Greinke. He's pitching really well and there's still plenty of season left. With that said, Max Scherzer is having a magical season so the top spot will probably be reserved for him.

 

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Clayton Kershaw went seven innings Monday night against the Chicago Cubs. He allowed four hits (two home runs), three earned runs, walked two, and struck out nine. Kershaw had to endure two long delays during the game which visibly affected him. 67-of-105 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: There was a long delay due to an injury to Tsuyoshi Wada in the third inning. In the bottom of the inning, Kershaw allowed a two-run home run to Kris Bryant. In the sixth inning, the lights went out for a few minutes and then Joe Maddon argued and filibustered with the umpires for at least 10 minutes. Kershaw was visibly annoyed and then allowed a home run to Matt Szczur in the next inning. A weird game where Kershaw could not get into a rhythm. He still struck out nine. With the way Max Scherzer is pitching, Kershaw probably won't end up as the #1 pitcher but should finish in the Top 5.

 

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Clayton Kershaw pitched six innings and allowed three earned runs (four total runs) on five hits, walked one, and struck out 10. The big blow was a two-run home run by Joey Gallo in the third inning. 69-of-107 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: The home run given up to Gallo was only the second one by a left-handed batter all season. The four runs allowed broke a streak of 31 consecutive home games where Kershaw allowed three or fewer runs. The last team to do it was the St. Louis Cardinals on May 26th of 2013. On the year, Kershaw has struck out 122 batters in 93 innings. He's now sporting a 3.29 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. He may not end up as the #1 pitcher, but he will be right there when it's all said and done.

 

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Clayton Kershaw was magnificent Friday night against the San Diego Padres. He struck out 11, allowed one earned run on four hits (one home run), but walked three. 73-of-117 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: The game completely changed when Adrian Gonzalez was tossed in the top of the seventh inning. The Dodgers were humming along up 2-0 at the time. In the bottom of the frame, Kershaw hung a slider which Clint Barmes deposited into the left field seats. Mattingly replaced him and brought in Yimi Garcia, who induced a pop-up on the first pitch. Unfortunately, Justin Turner, who replaced Gonzalez, dropped the ball then the next batter Derek Norris hit a two-run home run. Kershaw pitched great tonight so it's a shame he couldn't notch the win. This makes two dominating starts in a row which could be the beginning of a run.

 

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Clayton Kershaw was dominant Saturday night against the St. Louis Cardinals. He went eight innings, allowed one hit, walked two, hit one batter, and struck out 11. 75-of-106 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Kershaw finally put it all together. It was only a matter of time. He was spotting the fastball at 94 mph, breaking off his nasty curveball, and utilizing the slider. All you owners that drafted him in the first round can relax now. Looks like he's back and ready to make a charge for his rightful place on top of the mountain.

 

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Clayton Kershaw was dominant except for one pitch to Nolan Arenado, who hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning. He pitched a total of seven innings, allowed two earned runs, five hits, walked one, and struck out seven. 60-of-93 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: The curious case of the "Curse of the Fourth Inning" for Kershaw. Credit has to be given to the Dodgers telecast crew who coined the phrase. He's allowed 12 of his 33 runs in the fourth inning. It's the only inning where opponents are batting over .300. Besides the home run allowed to Arenado, Kershaw was dominant. The curveball is nasty as usual. Once he figures out this fourth inning quirk, everything should be right in the world.

 

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Clayton Kershaw dominated the Atlanta Braves Tuesday night at Chavez Ravine. He pitched seven innings of scoreless baseball, allowed four hits, and struck out 10 batters. 69-of-101 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: He's heating up. With tonight's performance, Kershaw lowered his ERA to 3.86. That number should continue to decrease as the season unfolds. He is #3 in total strikeouts behind Corey Kluber and James Shields. Kershaw had been so close to posting this type of performance, so it was nice to see him finally put it all together. Expect many more to come.

 

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Clayton Kershaw was stymied once again by Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants. He tossed 7.1 innings, allowed seven hits (one a Bumgarner home run), walked two, struck out seven, and allowed four earned runs. 67-of-99 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Two of the earned runs came across after Kershaw left the game in the eighth inning and the bullpen couldn't hold the Giants at bay. It's Groundhog's Day for the weekly Kershaw update: so close to dominating but coming up short. It's been frustrating for those that invested a first round pick in Kershaw but the good times will reign upon those that keep the faith.

 

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Kenley Jansen has officially been placed back into the closer role for the Los Angeles Dodgers. (Source: Bill Shaikin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Not surprising with the state of the Dodgers bullpen and his four strikeout performance on Friday. Jansen should reclaim his spot as one of the elite closers very shortly.

 

Clayton Kershaw was dominant Friday night against the Colorado Rockies. He struck out 10 but walked three, although two of the walks were borderline. He allowed two hits in the first inning, then nothing until the seventh. Two of the three earned runs were the result of the bullpen. 69-of-110 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Kershaw seemed to throw the curveball more this game, which is a good sign because that pitch is elite. He's very close to putting it all together. Domination should commence in three...two...one.

 

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Clayton Kershaw was cruising along until the fourth inning Sunday in Colorado. He allowed five earned runs in that one inning. It was death by a thousand paper cuts as only one ball was hit hard. On the day, Kershaw pitched 5.2 innings, allowed eight hits, five earned runs, walked four, and struck out five. 62-of-110 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: I'm sure Kershaw owners are not happy with the results so far, but good times will come very soon. His BABIP against is .352 for 2015, while his career BABIP against is .278. Batters are hitting .333 with RISP this year, as opposed to .190 last year. He will get it clicking and should start dominating again.

 

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Clayton Kershaw struck out the first four Brewers he faced Monday in Milwaukee. He allowed only one hit through five innings when back-to-back singles in the sixth got the Brewers on the board. The eighth inning is when it all fell apart. He gave up a home run, then a double and was replaced by Chris Hatcher, who relinquished the lead. Kershaw struck out eight and allowed five hits for three earned runs. 59-of-91 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Kershaw is so close to being dominant but just can't seal the deal. A pitch here and a pitch there is swinging the pendulum. Once he gets it clicking, it's going to be a fun ride.

 

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Clayton Kershaw pitched seven strong innings Tuesday night against the Giants. He allowed seven hits (one home run), two earned runs, and struck out eight. Unfortunately, Madison Bumgarner was better. Kershaw threw 66-of-92 pitches for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Kershaw has been getting better, but he's still not near the dominant level that we have come to expect. At ADP 4, perfection is expected. It's only April. Once he gets it going, all will be right in the world.

 

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Clayton Kershaw pitched six innings and allowed two earned runs on three hits. He walked one and struck out nine. 64 of 93 pitches were thrown for strikes. Kershaw was lifted for a pinch-hitter down 2-0 when Alex Guerrero hit a two-run home run to tie the score.

Fantasy Impact: The Giants got to Kershaw for two runs in the third inning. After that, he struck out eight of the next nine batters. Kershaw is rounding into form. Enjoy the ride.

 

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Clayton Kershaw struck out 12 Rockies in six innings Friday night at Chavez Ravine. He allowed six hits, walked one, threw a wild pitch, and gave up three runs (one earned). The only blemish on the night was the two home runs by Troy Tulowitzki and Charlie Blackmon.

Fantasy Impact: The first three innings were vintage Kershaw. At one point, he struck out five straight batters. Then he allowed a homer in the fourth to Tulo and a homer to the lefty Blackmon in the fifth. Kershaw allowed one lefty to homer off him last year and for his career, only 21 home runs allowed to lefties in 1076 plate appearances. Kershaw is slowly rounding into form and those that paid for his services will be rewarded very soon.

 

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Clayton Kershaw got roughed up Saturday in Arizona to the tune of six runs (five earned), walked three, and allowed 10 hits. The knockout blow was a two-run home run by Paul Goldschmidt. Kershaw struck out five and threw 64 of 99 pitches for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: All you need to know is that he allowed Tuffy Gosewisch to get a hit and walked the number eight hitter Nick Ahmed. Before everyone throws their computer out the window, Kershaw got rocked by Arizona last year on May 17th. In that game, Pollock and Goldschmidt had stellar games like on Saturday and Kershaw allowed seven earned runs. He then proceeded to win the NL Cy Young and MVP. R-E-L-A-X.

 

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Clayton Kershaw was not sharp Opening Day against the San Diego Padres. He hit the first batter of the day, walked another two, and gave up three earned runs on six hits in six innings of work. He did strike out nine Padres and threw 68 of his 99 pitches for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: For any other pitcher, this was a solid day's work. For Kershaw owners, this is not what they paid for. It just shows how dominant Kershaw has been and what expectations are for him. In regards to the three earned runs, one was a result of a defensive shift, and the other two came after catcher Derek Norris beat out an infield hit. Even on a bad day, Kershaw gives you nine strikeouts and a quality start. Kershaw will be fine.

 

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Clayton Kershaw threw 45 pitches in three innings Wednesday against the Kansas City Royals. He allowed one unearned run, one hit, two walks, and struck out two.

Fantasy Impact: Kershaw finished spring with a 1.61 ERA in six games. He struck out 22, walked seven in 22 1/3 innings. He's the best pitcher in the game but is going to cost a mid-first round pick. That is a lofty price tag.

 

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Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw pitched six strong innings Thursday against the Chicago White Sox. He gave up four hits, one run, one walk, and struck out eight.

Fantasy Impact: Kershaw is ready for the regular season. He is capped at 45 pitches for his next Spring Training outing then it's Opening Day against the Padres. Sports book Bovada has Kershaw ERA over/under at 2.20 and Cy Young at 1-1. He is almost at Tiger Woods vs The Field level. The price you have to pay for Kershaw is a steep one though, as high as #6 overall.

 

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Clayton Kershaw took a weak line drive off the side of his face Friday against the Oakland Athletics. After cleaning out the cobwebs, he took one warmup pitch then finished up his Spring Training session. Kershaw's final line: 5 innings pitched, 1earned run, 3 hits allowed, and 4 strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Whew. Dodgers nation just let out a huge sigh of relief. I guess it's good that most of the faithful weren't able to watch it due to the Time Warner Sportsnet LA blackout. Barring health, Kershaw is the top pitcher off the board. You are definitely paying a premium for his services but the consistency and point differential that he has produced over the last four years is unprecedented.

 

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Clayton Kershaw struggles a bit

Sun, Mar 15th 7:07pm EDT
By Stan Son

Clayton Kershaw gave up four hits and one earned run in 3 1/3 innings pitched. He struck out three but walked three as well. He threw over 60 pitches in Sunday's outing.

Fantasy Impact: When Kershaw is not perfect, it is considered struggling. It's Spring Training. Last year, if you remember, Kershaw was getting lit up this time of year. He then proceeded to win the NL Cy Young and MVP. As long as he's healthy and he's not facing the St. Louis Cardinals in the playoffs, he's the #1 starting pitcher without a doubt. Taking Kershaw #5 or #6 overall is not that crazy of an idea anymore.

 

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Clayton Kershaw pitched three innings on Tuesday against the Colorado Rockies. He struck out two and gave up three hits, with one of those being a solo homerun to Nick Hundley.

Fantasy Impact: Kershaw wasn't as sharp in today's game and his high pitch count reflected that. No need to fret though. He is still the best pitcher in the game. Barring an injury, he remains the #1 starting pitcher off the board.

 

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Clayton Kershaw retired six straight batters in his two scheduled innings in his Cactus League debut on Thursday. Kershaw recorded three Ks, and no balls left the infield. He is scheduled to pitch again next Tuesday. (Source: Dylan Hernandez on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Spring Training statistics are nearly meaningless, as evidenced by Kershaw's 9+ ERA last spring, but it was nice to see him start hot as a reminder of his utter dominance. He looks to be in midseason form and should be the first pitcher taken in every fantasy draft.

 

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