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Clayton Kershaw (SP)

Los Angeles Dodgers - 99% owned

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Bats: L, Throws: L

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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