Kershaw’s Back

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Clayton Kershaw will be pitching for the Dodgers today (4:10 pm PDT start time) against the Miami Marlins, Jose Fernandez, and Don Mattingly.  Today we will find out if Kershaw’s back is okay and whether he can bring his real “stuff” from an MLB mound.  His following start could be more telling, as that’s when we’ll really find out if his back survived this first start back from the disabled list.

If you think that this game is unimportant, think about the possibility of entering the playoffs without Kershaw.  Yup, I thought so.  A playoff rotation of blister Rich Hill, Kenta Maeda, Scott Kazmir, and Jose De Leon?  That wouldn’t go so well.  How about a playoff rotation of Beast Kershaw, Hill sans blisters, Maeda, and De Leon?  That would work out better.

Fifty-one years ago today, the following game happened:

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47 thoughts on “Kershaw’s Back

  1. This song almost wrote itself

    My Kershaw’s back and you’re gonna be in trouble.
    (Hey, la-di-la, my Kershaw’s back.)
    When you see him comin’, you cannot hit a double.
    (Hey, la-di-la, my Kershaw’s back.)
    Mattingly’s a goober that is patently true
    (Hey, la-di-la, my Kershaw’s back.)
    So look out now ’cause he’s comin’ after you.
    (Hey, la-di-la, my Kershaw’s back.)
    And he knows that you’ve been tryin’,
    And he knows that you’ve been lyin’.
    He’s been gone for such a long time.
    (Hey, la-di-la, my Kershaw’s back.)
    Now he’s back and things will be fine.
    (Hey, la-di-la, my Kershaw’s back.)
    You’re gonna be sorry you were ever born.
    (Hey, la-di-la, my Kershaw’s back.)
    ‘Cause he’s kinda big and he’s awful strong.
    (Hey, la-di-la, my Kershaw’s back.)
    And he knows about Dee cheatin’,
    Now you’re gonna get a beatin’.
    What made you think he’d believe all your lies?
    (Ah-oo, ah-oo.)
    You’re a big man now, but he’ll cut you down to size!
    (Ah-oo.)
    Wait and see!
    My Kershaw’s back, he’s gonna take us through the playoffs
    My Kershaw’s back, my Kershaw’s back, my Kershaw’s back…

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  2. Crash You are just in a clever mode with this posting. Win or lose this game, I trust Clayton will continue to start vs Yankees, then vs. Gnats twice, and in to the play-offs.

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  3. I don’t expect to see Cy Young Kershaw tonight. With Fernandez pitching I think just coming out on top would be a plus. What I’m really concerned about is Kershaw coming out of this start with a good back and being able to build on a good outing. Perhaps I’m setting my expectations a little low considering the competitor Clayton is, but I will settle for a healthy back when the game is over.

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  4. Lineup

    1. Chase Utley (L) 2B
    2. Corey Seager (L) SS
    3. Justin Turner (R) 3B
    4. Adrian Gonzalez (L) 1B
    5. Yasmani Grandal (S) C
    6. Josh Reddick (L) RF
    7. Joc Pederson (L) CF
    8. Andrew Toles (L) LF
    9. Clayton Kershaw (L) P

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  5. Truebluewill of Think Blue LA dropped off my tickets to the Yankee series this morning.
    I can’t wait to see the team in person. I’ll be there for batting practice. I understand there will be a big group from LA all sitting together for all three games.

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  6. Looks as if we will not have Kazmir back anytime soon. This game is important for a number of reasons but hopefully Kershaw will not have to push himself too hard and he feels good tomorrow. It also will be a challenge for the Dodgers against a quality pitcher, something that has not been as big an issue as it was earlier in the season. The Mattingly factor? Nothing there of interest.

    OBF, enjoy the games in New York. I am sure you will represent us well.

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  7. I am sure Kershaw was not happy coming out of this game but hopefully he feels good and is ready to go next time. Dodger hitters did not help him but other than leaving a couple pitches over the plate, he looked good.

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  8. You know it’s not your day as a pitcher when a two out bunt RBI single drives you out of the game.

    3 runs down looks like 10 tonight.

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  9. waiting for the game, said they would show it, they tease me with seeing seagers single, then flip me off to Os and Tigers, geez, this damn network. GO DODGERS!

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  10. I disagree with Roberts taking out Hill. Fuck the pitch count. He’ll never have another chance like that at getting a perfect game. Blah blah blah good for the team. He only needed another 20 pitches to finish the game. This act could really screw up the team chemistry.

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  11. I wasn’t around tonight only heard about the game on the radio driving home. Tough call about Hill and his perfecto. Geez, it was only a few weeks ago when the Dodgers were on the other end vs. the Gnats, when Moore made it to two outs in the ninth for a no hitter…somewhere around 130 pitches. Well……..Seager gets the hit and Moore’s arm gets the 130 pitches. Roberts even said post game jokingly that he’d have been OK with Puig not catching that long shot to end the 7th (thus saving him the agony of removing Hill). Hell, even when Puig does something great it comes with an asterisk…??!?!?!?

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  12. Roberts deserves to get beat up for taking Hill out after seven perfect innings even if we understand the reason. History is important in the game of baseball but pitch counts and wear and tear on pitchers is of more concern. It was a tough decision and I will just let it go at that.

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  13. Pathetic effort today. They lost what 6 out of 7 t a mediocre Marlins team with Mr. predictable managing it? Not going to get any easier in NY. They’ll be lucky to have a game lead by the time the road trip ends.

    I still don’t see a championship team out there. Hitting isn’t consistent. Bully isn’t consistent. Can’t hit lefties at all. No bueno.

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  14. I think we all knew this would be a difficult road trip and so far it has. The excitement of Kershaw’s return lifted our spirits but tbe team still lost 2 games on the field and in the standings. We all saw the Dodger offense struggle in Miami in those two losses. Now on to New York where hopefully the results will be more favorable.

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  15. Greinke didn’t do any better against the giants, so now we’re back to three. Greinke’s case really does make me wonder about giving players big money and many years based on their contract year’s performance. The people in the d-back’s front office have got to feel more than a little dumb over that one.

    It’s hard to know if the giants are finally waking up or was it they were in AZ. We’ll know soon, but I think it a good idea to take this series in NY.

    Have some fun, oldbrooklyn.

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  16. I hope to see Ethier, at least as a DH and Kershaw pitch game 3. They didn’t appear in too many games this year, so it’s good to have an opportunity to see them in person.

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