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Dodgers: Kershaw Shows He Still Has His Peak Stuff

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Aug 13, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) pitches in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

If you were in attendance at the Ravine on Monday night, it was a night to remember until the ninth inning. Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner took the hill in one of the greatest rivalries in all of sports: the Dodgers and the Giants. Kershaw reminded us all just how dominant he can actually be.

Kershaw consistantly sat at around 90-92 mph on his fastball. Maybe its a result of the many back issues he has experienced, or maybe father time has simply caught up to the arm that has now tossed over 2000 regular season innings. But Kershaw has found ways to beat time, or at least slow it down.

To say that his slider was good on Monday night would be the understatement of the year. He had it breaking in onto the back foot of right-handed hitters, and brushing lefties off of the plate the whole night. And his curveball wasn’t so bad either. When it’s good, it looks something like this:

It might not have looked THAT good on Monday, but he had hitters buckling all over the place. Kershaw pitched eight masterful innings, allowing just one earned run. He struck out nine Giants and did not allow a free pass in that time. He also gave up just four hits.

His next start, if nothing on the schedule changes, will come on Sunday in Seattle.

Season Outlook

It’s funny to me that people call Kershaw “washed” based off of his performance this year. And yet, here we are. Kershaw owns a 2.47 earned run average across 18 starts, and has gotten his strikeout rate back up around his career average.  Sure, Cy Young and MVP awards may be behind him. But the remainder of his career sure does look bright if he can continue to work around losing velocity.

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. And yet Dave Mattingly in his wisdom chose to go with his gas can by committee in the 9th inning instead of letting Kershaw finish the game. 5 games in a row blown in the last at bat should tell Roberts it’s getting time to update his resume.

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