Clayton Kershaw
SP LAD
1 day ago

Kershaw said that his back was "all good" after making his one-inning appearance against the White Sox on Saturday, the Orange County Register reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kershaw has insisted that his back is healthy heading into this season, so much so that he was very dismissive when reporters asked him about it after Saturday's game. The three-time Cy Young winner was limited to 21 starts last season due to back issues, but it sounds like the injury is his rear-view mirror. Owners can rest easy knowing that the top pitcher in fantasy is completely healthy heading into the season.

Clayton Kershaw
SP LAD
1 week ago

Kershaw was named the Dodgers' Opening Day starter on Saturday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Per Gurnick, this marks Kershaw's seventh Opening Day start. While it's not surprising that he was named the Opening Day starter, it's noteworthy in the sense that manager Dave Roberts clearly has full confidence in the health of his ace's back. His back injury last season cost him a few starts, but he still managed to post a 1.69 ERA with a 0.72 WHIP over 21 starts in 2016.

Clayton Kershaw
SP LAD
2 weeks ago

Kershaw said Wednesday that he has "no worries or concerns" about last year's back injury, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kershaw followed up those statements by throwing his first bullpen session of the spring. The three-time Cy Young winner missed more than two months last season with a herniated disc in his back, but he show no ill effects upon his return, allowing just four earned runs with a 27:2 K:BB in his final 28 regular-season innings. He's the unquestioned No. 1 arm once again in fantasy baseball drafts.

Clayton Kershaw
SP LAD
3 weeks ago

Kershaw will not participate in the World Baseball Classic, CBS Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kershaw is sitting this one out in hopes of staying as fresh as possible for the upcoming season. The Rays' Chris Archer should slide up the rotation and serve as the team's ace for the tournament. From a fantasy perspective, Kershaw remains as close to a unanimous top pick on the pitching side of things.

Clayton Kershaw
SP LAD
4 months ago

Kershaw is lined up to start Game 6 of the NLCS, FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Dodgers will apparently give Kenta Maeda the ball for Game 5, regardless of Wednesday's outcome in Game 4. Kershaw threw a bullpen session Wednesday, lining him up to start what could be a Game 6 clincher on an extra day's rest.

Clayton Kershaw
SP LAD
4 months ago

Kershaw will start Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.

EDGE Analysis

He came in to close out Game 5 of the NLDS on Thursday, and that will essentially serve as his bullpen session in between starts. Kershaw could now come back to start Game 5 of the NLCS on Thursday and could also be available out of the bullpen in a potential Game 7 next weekend.

Clayton Kershaw
SP LAD
5 months ago

Kershaw will start Tuesday in Game 4 of the Dodgers' NLDS matchup with the Nationals.

EDGE Analysis

Kershaw will be going on short rest Tuesday afternoon, but the Dodgers are down 2-1 in the series and want their top pitcher on the mound with their season on the line. Kershaw has beaten the Nationals twice this season, once on June 20 and also in Game 1 of this series.

Clayton Kershaw
SP LAD
5 months ago

Kershaw could start Game 4 of the NLDS on short rest if the Dodgers lose the next two games, otherwise he wouldn't pitch again until a potential Game 5, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

He gave up three runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out seven over five innings in Game 1, and it was enough for him to get the win. Unless the Dodgers drop their next two games, Kershaw won't pitch until Game 5 of the NLDS or Game 1 of the NLCS.

Clayton Kershaw
SP LAD
5 months ago

Kershaw (12-4) gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits and a walk over seven innings in Saturday's 3-0 loss to the Giants. He struck out four.

EDGE Analysis

The dominant southpaw was highly efficient in only needing 82 pitches to get through seven frames, but was outdueled by rookie Ty Blach, who surprisingly stymied the Dodgers through eight scoreless innings. Kershaw wasn't his typically dominant self as evidenced his relatively low tally of nine swinging strikes, but certainly pitched welll enough to garner the victory in what was his third straight quality start. Despite the disappointing outcome, the team and Kershaw at least head into the playoffs knowing he appears to be back to full strength after a stint on the 60-day DL with a back injury this summer.

Clayton Kershaw
SP LAD
5 months ago

Kershaw will start Game 1 of the NLDS, J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group reports.

EDGE Analysis

It comes as no surprise that the Dodgers will start their ace as soon as they begin their 2016 playoff run. Over 20 starts this season, Kershaw has posted a 1.65 ERA and 0.71 WHIP while recording a 32.6 percent K-rate and career-low 1.9 percent walk rate.