In case you missed it, Clayton Kershaw posted a 0.00 ERA to finish up his perfect Spring. Yep, he’s not messing around, and the league should be terrified. With Justin Turner probably out for the first month, expect Clayton Kershaw to pick up the extra slack.
I saw, in person, Clayton Kershaw’s first game in Dodger Blue. I hope to see his last. I especially hope he’s still wearing Dodger Blue by then. It’s been ten seasons of pure dominance from #22. Some around these parts are worrying that this could be the last year of Kershaw pitching for the Dodgers. I find that highly unlikely.
Why would the Dodgers, who are widely believed to possess some of the smartest minds in the game, let go of one of the greatest pitchers the game has ever seen? They already did that in the 90’s, didn’t work out so well. You don’t usually let a former MVP, three-time Cy Young winner, five-time ERA leader, the face of the franchise, and city icon just walk out the door.
It’s probably not going to happen, considering he accomplished all that before the age of 30. Certainly not when the richest team in baseball will be flush with cash to spend. And you definitely don’t let go of the guy that’s lead your team to five straight division titles. No, I expect Clayton Kershaw to be pitching for the Dodgers for a while longer. And that’s a good thing, especially considering that I expect Kershaw to take home another Cy Young trophy this year. Here are a few reasons why:
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Clayton Kershaw is Angry
After another injury-shortened season that ended with another devastating postseason defeat, #22 isn’t a happy camper. People are calling him injury prone. Folks are still calling him a postseason choker. And most of the talking heads around the game are expecting somebody from the Nationals to take home the Cy Young award. Being that he is a talented politician, Clayton always has and will continue to say that stuff doesn’t matter or bother him. But make no mistake, anybody would get tired of hearing all this nonstop negative chatter. Clayton Kershaw is angry…And you won’t like him when he’s angry.
Clayton Kershaw is also Playing for Some Serious Cash
It’s always miraculous how players have breakout, dominating years just in time for their new contract. Instead, for Clayton however, dominating is just business as usual. He’ll be the staff leader of a team that expects to win 95 plus games. The numerous starts in which he will receive a “W,” will only help his cause. With a healthy season, Kershaw will have a chance to cash in on the wealthiest pitching contract a player has ever received. Again. This will likely be the biggest payday Clayton will ever receive in his career, and I’m willing to best that CK will make the most of his opportunity.
Clayton Kershaw is the Best Pitcher on the Planet
Ding Ding Ding, somebody hand this writer a Pulitzer. Yes, it’s not exactly groundbreaking to say Clayton Kershaw is the world’s best pitcher. He won the ERA title four years in a row, and the fifth year that he lost, he had a 2.13 ERA. However, no more than any time in recent memory, various talking heads are dubbing Max Scherzer or Corey Kluber the best pitcher on the planet. After ten seasons of baseball excellence, Clayton Kershaw has nothing left to prove. That won’t stop him however from adding yet to his already ridiculous resume. I expect him to take home another Cy Young this year, as well as a contract later on that, keeps him in Dodger Blue for years to come.