Breaking: Clayton Kershaw is good. And he might be the Cy Young favorite (again).
Kershaw started against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday. He didn’t allow a hit, surrendered a walk and sat three batters down on strikes.
Kershaw's 3 innings of work today: 0 H, 1 BB, 3 SO. Clayton has yet to give up a run this Spring. #Dodgers
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) March 7, 2017
As for his overall spring numbers, they’re decent.
Clayton Kershaw could complete a Cactus League no-hitter in his next start Sunday. His spring totals: 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K. #Dodgers
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) March 7, 2017
While Kershaw’s excellence isn’t anything new, his overall feel for being back on the mound is. Kershaw missed a month and a half last season with back problems, so seeing him consistently perform, maintain direction, etc. is important.
Not only does Kershaw look healthy, but he looks as if he was never injured. Before going down in June, Kershaw was on pace for arguably the greatest regular season ever for a pitcher, a campaign in which he was well-beyond the mark of setting the record for strikeout to walk ratio.
The Dodgers’ World Series chances hinge on Kershaw’s health. Early indications are he’ll be completely prepared for Opening Day.