Clayton Kershaw Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 4" / 225 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 3/19/1988 (34)
Clayton Kershaw Season Stats
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Clayton Kershaw News
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw delivered a vintage dominant performance Tuesday night, earning his eighth win of the season and leading the team to clinch their ninth division title in the last 10 seasons. Kershaw allowed no runs on two hits and a walk with five strikeouts in seven innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He has a 2.44 ERA and 0.93 WHIP with 107 strikeouts in 103 1/3 innings this season, and has been every bit the dominant starter fantasy managers have expected him to be, at least while he's been healthy.
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (back) will return to the starting rotation on Thursday, according to manager Dave Roberts. The veteran left-hander was able to throw a successful 70-pitch simulated game over the weekend. He has been dealing with lower back pain, but appears ready to return against the New York Mets on Thursday. Before going down, Kershaw was posting a 2.64 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, and 88/15 K/BB ratio in 15 starts this season. Fantasy managers are certainly going to be happy to get Kershaw back this week.
Los Angeles Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts said that the team will go with a six-man starting rotation for "a couple weeks at the bare minimum" once left-hander Clayton Kershaw (back) returns from the injured list in order to keep guys stretched out down the stretch. Kershaw has been sidelined since early August with lower-back pain, but he could return as early as the end of next week after throwing a 70-pitch simulated game on Saturday. The Dodgers most definitely want the 34-year-old to be healthy for a lengthy playoff run, so they won't rush him back too soon, especially since he's had back problems in the past. When he returns, he'll come back to a 7-3 record, 2.64 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 88 strikeouts and only 15 walks in 85 1/3 innings pitched over 15 starts.
Few players benefitted more from the shortened 2020 season than Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcherClayton Kershaw. He took full advantage of the lightened workload and threw a full season's worth of innings (58 1/3). He looked like the prime Kershaw in those frames, posting a 2.16 ERA, a 0.84 WHIP and raising his strikeout rate up to 28% after a few years of decline in that category. There are reasons not to believe in that high strikeout rate, as his contact rate stayed the same as his recent past and he did not change anything with his pitch arsenal. He also continued to lack velocity, averaging 92 mph on his fastball. While we should not expect another strikeout rate near 30%, you can take a minuscule walk rate and a strong ground-ball profile to the bank. Kershaw appears to have over-performed in 2020, and there are serious questions about how many innings he can handle in a full 2021 season. That puts him a little bit behind his current ADP (32), but he remains a very safe investment as a second fantasy starter.