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Dodgers change course, shut down Clayton Kershaw

Sep 29, 2010, 7:06 PM EDT

All that talk about Clayton Kershaw making one final start? Yeah, let's just toss that into the Hardball Talk garbage bin. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers have scratched the young left-hander...

All that talk about Clayton Kershaw making one final start?  Yeah, let’s just toss that into the Hardball Talk garbage bin.

Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers have scratched the young left-hander from his outing Friday against the Diamondbacks and have shut him down for the rest of the 2010 season.

John Ely, 4-9 with a 5.10 ERA in 17 starts, will take the hill instead against Arizona.

Kershaw will finish up a fantastic 2010 campaign with a 13-10 record, 2.91 ERA and 1.18 WHIP over 32 starts.  He struck out 212 batters and walked only 81 in 204.1 innings.  The southpaw ranks among the elite aces in the game at the young age of 22.

It’s hard to explain the Dodgers’ waffling on his status this final week.  Kershaw probably asked for one more outing and manager Joe Torre probably backed his player.  Our guess, at least, is that upper management then overruled them both.  Probably.  Or something like that.

  1. beezo - Sep 29, 2010 at 7:52 PM

    He is really going to be something to watch in the years to come. When Tim Lincecum won his back to back Cy Young’s he was 24 and 25. Kershaw is 22 right now, and he’s definitely on a path to match/surpass that feat. He really cut down on his career walk rate from about June of this year on, and last year he had the lowest batting average against in the majors.

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