Those who thought Clayton Kershaw‘s demise were greatly exaggerated. The 2020 version of Kershaw is pitching like the vintage Kershaw of the olden days and the Dodgers desperately need it. Ok maybe they don’t desperately need it, but it’s very valuable right now. Walker Buehler has sucked this year and is battling blisters. David Price opted out and the rest of the rotation is filled with untested rookies.
Kershaw is back to being in the conversation for the National League Cy Young and he owes a great deal of it to his experience with Driveline. So far through six starts and 36 frames Kershaw is 5-1 with a 1.50 ERA. He’s struck out 41, walked only 6 and given up just 5.0 hits per nine innings. His strikeouts per nine are well up from last year (10.3) and he’s allowed just five home runs. Kershaw has allowed just six earned runs all season.
Some of the success can be accredited to an increase in fastball velocity. Beyond the box score’s Devan Fink takes a great look at Kershaw’s souped up fastball and the results from improving his fastball offerings. He may not be the pitcher he once was, but he’s a pitcher who is constantly evolving.