It’s no secret that Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has been underperforming compared to his usual standards this year. The reigning NL MVP and Cy Young Award winner has struggled to find the rhythm he rode last season.
During the month of May so far, the left hander has posted a 5.00 ERA and has given up three or more runs in each of his four starts. Although, it is important to note that the Dodgers starter had an extremely disappointing May last season that many forget about due to the eventual pitching accolades the Dodgers starter would accomplish.
Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt believes that this year’s early struggles will fare no differently than last year, via Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles:
He makes a mistake, it gets hit hard, obviously, but even when he makes pitches, they’re still leaking in,” Honeycutt said. “The dominance, overall, is still there. There are other factors in this game you just can’t put a handle on at times, but he’s never going to go there.”
Honeycutt is also convinced that the three-time Cy Young winner will return to elite form in no time:
I don’t see anything where the alarms are going off. I just think he’s too good and, as long as he’s healthy, he’s going to figure things out,” Honeycutt said.
Sandy Koufax is another member of the Dodgers organization who firmly believes that Kershaw’s rough patch is just temporary thing. Although, despite earning his 100th career win in his previous start, Kershaw has admitted to not feeling his best self while on the mound last Thursday against Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants.
Speculation surrounding whether or not the Dodgers ace can return to his dominant self will either be further contemplated or merely silenced with every start Kershaw accumulates. He looks for his next opportunity to eliminate the doubt as he faces off against Braves starter Julio Teheran on Tuesday night.
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