Dodgers: Absurd angle of Clayton Kershaw curveball is gorgeous

Adam Weinrib
Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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This home plate view of Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw’s curveball is absolutely gorgeous.

We’ve seen so much beautiful Clayton Kershaw footage at this point that it’s fair to say Dodgers fans are a little fatigued. Amazing in the regular season, scuffles at a slightly lower level in the postseason. We get the narrative, and we’re waiting for our ace to take the next step.

So it can be easy for us to forget exactly what makes Kershaw so special on a start-by-start basis, and the unique things he brings to the table that nobody else can.

There’s a reason this guy’s going to end up in the Hall of Fame someday (just have to get past that five-year waiting period), and at the top of the list is his spectacular, looping curve.

Ever wonder what batters encounter when they attempt to dig in against Kershaw? This video should help!

Just flawless. He’s still got it.

Unfortunately, Kershaw’s fastball hasn’t necessarily come to the party in Game 4 following his last-minute scratch on Tuesday. Though his curveball is still bending supremely despite his back issues, the fastball isn’t quite reaching the same heights it did during the early parts of his comeback season.

So far, a 90.7 mph average isn’t going to necessarily cut it, no matter how Cy Young-esque this curve still is.

Kershaw was finally victimized in the bottom of the fourth by Marcell Ozuna, who rocked a solo homer into deep left field.

By and large, our lefty has been skating along about as well as could be expected, though, and the bullpen is well-rested after last night’s offensive bludgeoning.

Never take Kershaw for granted, though, folks. He can rip off curveballs like this like it’s second nature. If you’re ever feeling lost, just cue up this video and dig in like you’re a batter. Not easy.

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