JohnBazzell wrote:it is concerning he has no change up. I watched today, the guy has two pitches. He locates his fastball well and has a wicked, but slow curveball. I'm worried once hitters recognize its not a fastball in the future they will hit his curve. He only has one offspeed pitch, so u know what it is as soon as you recognize offspeed. Pujols did what most Major League batters will do, sit back on his curveball and drive it. Its just it will take time a couple times seeing him for batters to have his number. Pujols, being the player he is, ripped his curveball down the line like it was whiffle ball.
I think I touched upon this. The key for Kershaw is to come along with that changeup, but that doesn't necessarily mean he can't live solely off a fastball/curveball combo (like Sandy Koufax did). Kershaw has a surprisingly deceptive delivery for a power pitcher which can keep opposing batters off balance for at least the first go-round given his lively movement of his pitches. As long as he paces himself well and keeps learning how to harness command of his two top pitches, Kershaw will be fine, even though adding a change-up will make him a more complete pitcher than he otherwise would be.