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Re: kershaw hype thread

Postby Yoda » Thu May 29, 2008 3:36 pm

Couple of analysis done on Kershaw's mechanics and also pitch F/X from his first start. I haven't watched his start against STL ((I'll watch it this weekend) but all signs seem very positive. As with young starters you need to be patient but he looks like the real deal.

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Re: kershaw hype thread

Postby Field » Thu May 29, 2008 6:43 pm

I honestly can't think of five better curves from active players off the top of my head. I haven't seen him pitch live too many times, but I remember him absolutely mowing down the Red Sox in ST. His delivery is somewhat deceiving to batters as well since he releases it late as noted in the article.

Serveral years ago Zito was renowned for having the best curve, but Kershaw's is better. Zito's had/has a long swooping motion to it, Kershaw's has more late bite and lateral movement. I also like how Kershaw's fastball and change have similar movement which is important.

I'll be following him closely, I nabbed him with a #3 WW. I think some were scared off by the pitch count restrictions.
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Re: kershaw hype thread

Postby Yoda » Thu May 29, 2008 6:52 pm

Field wrote:I honestly can't think of five better curves from active players off the top of my head. I haven't seen him pitch live too many times, but I remember him absolutely mowing down the Red Sox in ST. His delivery is somewhat deceiving to batters as well since he releases it late as noted in the article.

Serveral years ago Zito was renowned for having the best curve, but Kershaw's is better. Zito's had/has a long swooping motion to it, Kershaw's has more late bite and lateral movement. I also like how Kershaw's fastball and change have similar movement which is important.

I'll be following him closely, I nabbed him with a #3 WW. I think some were scared off by the pitch count restrictions.


The only thing I don't like about his change up is that it doesn't seem to have a downward movement. In theory, a slower pitch should have more downward movement compared to a fastball due to gravity. This is true when you look at Santana, Hamels, Shields, etc. Still, the kid just turned 20 so we should temper our expectations.
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Re: kershaw hype thread

Postby daniel80111 » Thu May 29, 2008 11:46 pm

Is this kid worth starting against the Mets tomorrow?? Or is there a good probability he will get rocked.
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Re: kershaw hype thread

Postby AussieDodger » Thu May 29, 2008 11:51 pm

Why aren't people saying how many Cy Youngs he's won? WHIR?
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Re: kershaw hype thread

Postby fezzik » Thu May 29, 2008 11:54 pm

AussieDodger wrote:Why aren't people saying how many Cy Youngs he's won? WHIR?


Don't you mean "Clayton Kershaw Awards"?
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Re: kershaw hype thread

Postby nsulham » Wed Jul 02, 2008 8:14 pm

Wonderboy sent down to AA:

Dodgers optioned LHP Clayton Kershaw to Double-A Jacksonville.
The Dodgers kept saying they were going to stick with Kershaw in the rotation with Hiroki Kuroda and Brad Penny returning, but the truth is that they have very little idea of what they're doing right now. Kershaw was 0-2 with a 4.42 ERA in eight starts. This would seem to mean that they're going back to a five-man rotation.


So two questions:

A) When do you expect him back up?
B) Is he still worth rostering in non-keeper leagues?
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Re: kershaw hype thread

Postby Yoda » Wed Jul 02, 2008 8:22 pm

nsulham wrote:Wonderboy sent down to AA:

Dodgers optioned LHP Clayton Kershaw to Double-A Jacksonville.
The Dodgers kept saying they were going to stick with Kershaw in the rotation with Hiroki Kuroda and Brad Penny returning, but the truth is that they have very little idea of what they're doing right now. Kershaw was 0-2 with a 4.42 ERA in eight starts. This would seem to mean that they're going back to a five-man rotation.


So two questions:

A) When do you expect him back up?
B) Is he still worth rostering in non-keeper leagues?


A) as soon as someone gets hurt if not then Sep
B) unless you are in a deep league, no
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Re: kershaw hype thread

Postby nsulham » Wed Jul 02, 2008 8:33 pm

Yoda wrote:A) as soon as someone gets hurt if not then Sep
B) unless you are in a deep league, no


I'm thinking with Kuroda and Penny that might be sooner than we think. Just sucks because I'd like to hang onto him but I've got an overflow of DL guys and I need the roster spot.
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Re: kershaw hype thread

Postby Yoda » Wed Jul 02, 2008 9:12 pm

nsulham wrote:
Yoda wrote:A) as soon as someone gets hurt if not then Sep
B) unless you are in a deep league, no


I'm thinking with Kuroda and Penny that might be sooner than we think. Just sucks because I'd like to hang onto him but I've got an overflow of DL guys and I need the roster spot.


I don't think his value in a redraft is that great especially with a small bench.
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