Dodgers: The Dodgers All 2000’s All-Star Starting Lineup
Starting Pitcher and Closer
Starting Pitcher – Clayton Kershaw (2011-2017)
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Although Clayton Kershaw is not an all-star this season, he knows a thing or two about all-star games having been on the NL roster for the past seven years. Due to injuries, Kershaw did not make this year’s team but he is easily the best all-star starting pitcher the Dodgers have had since 2000. He is also arguably the greatest pitcher in Dodgers history period, with Sandy Koufax being the only other starting pitcher who is in the same conversation as Kershaw. Kershaw will look to start a string of healthy seasons and avoid the same fate that Koufax did in his injury-shortened career.
Closer – Kenley Jansen (2017-2018)
While Eric Gagne set the consecutive saves record, and had one of the most dominant seasons by a closer ever, winning the Cy Young, he is still not the durable reliever that Kenley Jansen is. Jansen also has never had the PED questions that Eric Gagné had. Jansen put together his own historic season last year finishing with a 1.32 ERA and going 41-42 in save opportunities.
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Jansen has already set the Dodgers all-time franchise saves record and given that he’s only 30 years old, he should be able to have at least four to five more solid seasons to tack onto his record. If he can age the way Mariano Rivera did with his cutter, then Jansen still has a long career ahead of him. Jansen takes the honor as the closer of the all 2000’s Dodger all-star team.