Clayton Kershaw SP LAD 3 days ago

Kershaw was stuck with no decision Friday night despite holding the Mets to one run over seven innings. He allowed five hits and two walks while striking out seven.

Noah Syndergaard and the Mets' bullpen kept things even 'til the top of the ninth, when the Mets scraped together a second run to win the game. With the Mets' bats struggling mightily, fantasy owners had high hopes that Kershaw would find his way back into the win column, but he still remains without a victory since June 6. He'll get a shot at the cellar-dwelling Phillies next week, and could finally push his ERA under the 3.00 mark with a sharp performance.

Clayton Kershaw SP LAD 1 week ago

Kershaw took a disappointing loss Saturday against the Marlins, allowing three runs across seven innings, striking out nine, and walking none.

Saturday's loss was Kershaw's third straight, the first string of three consecutive losses in his career. However, he still leads the league in xFIP even though his ERA is "just" 3.20. Don't panic, he's still one of the best pitchers in the league. He's mostly just going through a hard-luck season with a 17.2-percent HR/FB rate.

Clayton Kershaw SP LAD 2 weeks ago

Kershaw (5-5) lost despite a quality start Monday against the Cubs. He went seven innings and allowed three runs on four hits and two walks with nine strikeouts.

Kershaw's ERA (3.33) and HR/9 (0.87) would both be his worst marks since his rookie season in 2008, and that was the story again Monday night, as he was touched up for a pair of home runs. With 11 allowed this year, Kershaw has already passed his total home runs allowed for the 2014 season and matched his total for 2013. He's still getting as many ground balls and fly balls, and did so as much Monday night with six each. Kershaw very well might be the best pitcher in the world still, but he's looked a little more beatable this season.

Clayton Kershaw SP LAD 3 weeks ago

Kershaw (5-4) struck out ten, but gave up four runs -- three earned -- on five hits and a walk in six innings against the Rangers on Wednesday.

After going 3-0 with a 0.94 ERA over his previous four starts, Kershaw struggled in his first career appearance against the Rangers. He still managed to strike out 10, his third straight game in which he's had double-digit strikeouts. The Cy Young winner has 122 for the season, best in the majors. Kershaw will look to bounce back in his next scheduled start Monday at the Cubs.

Clayton Kershaw SP LAD 3 weeks ago

Kershaw was spectacular Friday, striking out 11 while allowing just one run on four hits and three walks in 6.2 innings, but he received no decision in a 4-3 win over the Padres.

Kershaw was in line for the win, but reliever Yimi Garcia allowed a two-run homer to Derek Norris in the seventh. Any doubts about Kershaw should be put to rest after his last four outings, as he's only allowed three runs on 13 hits while striking out an impressive 39 batters in 28.2 innings. His struggles were short-lived, and if you bought low, pat yourself on the back. Kershaw is in line for another fantastic outing Wednesday, when the Dodgers host the lefty-heavy Rangers.

Clayton Kershaw SP LAD 1 month ago

Kershaw (5-3) was fantastic Saturday against the Cardinals, striking out 11 over eight scoreless innings while allowing just one hit and two walks in a 2-0 victory.

This was the Cy Young version of Kershaw we've come to know and love, as he totally dominated the Cards, going 0-2 on a dozen hitters. He's apparently recovered from a bit of a slow start to the year, and with 101 strikeouts in 80.1 innings, he's just four behind Corey Kluber for the MLB lead. Kershaw will next get the Padres on Friday.

Clayton Kershaw SP LAD 1 month ago

Kershaw (4-3) held the Rockies to two runs on five hits and a walk while fanning seven over seven innings Monday in Colorado.

He also went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run, so Kershaw had himself a lovely evening at Coors Field -- not something most pitchers can say often. After a very un-Kershaw-like start to the year, he's trending back upward, but it's questionable whether Kershaw will be able to live up to the lofty expectations he's created over the last two seasons. Still, it wouldn't be wise to bet against him being one of the top few pitchers in baseball. Kershaw's next start will come against St. Louis on Saturday.

Clayton Kershaw SP LAD 1 month ago

Kershaw (3-3) returned to his normal self Tuesday night, tossing seven innings of shutout ball, allowing four hits and zero walks while striking out 10 on his way to victory.

Kershaw answered his critics in a big way, allowing zero earned runs for the first time this season and collecting his third double-digit strikeout performance of the year. Limiting his walks was key, as he did not issue a single free pass after walking a combined nine batters in his previous three starts. The outing brought his ERA down to 3.86 on the year, and the southpaw now owns a sparkling 83:16 K:BB ratio through 65.1 innings.

Clayton Kershaw SP LAD 2 months ago

Kershaw (2-3) gave up four runs on seven hits over 7.1 innings Thursday in a loss to the Giants. He struck out seven and walked one.

He got thoroughly outdueled by opposing starter Madison Bumgarner, who opened the scoring with a third-inning homer off Kershaw. This has been a stunningly un-Kershaw-like start to the year, with a losing record and a startling 4.32 ERA now, but he's quite likely to turn it around. Still, fantasy owners can't like seeing the spikes in his HR/9 (0.93 now, the highest it's ever been) and line-drive rate (25.2 percent entering Thursday, also a career high). Monitor with caution heading into Tuesday's start against Atlanta.

Clayton Kershaw SP LAD 2 months ago

Kershaw (2-2) struck out 10 batters and allowed three runs over 6.2 innings Friday against the Rockies en route to claiming the 100th victory of his career.

Making his second consecutive start against the Rockies, Kershaw looked locked in from the second through sixth innings, allowing just two runners to reach base. Kershaw began to unravel a bit in the seventh and was forced to leave the game with the bases loaded, with all runners coming around to score when Paco Rodriguez proved ineffective in relief. The three earned runs prevented Kershaw from making much progress in lowering his ERA -- which now sits at 4.24 -- but that figure should provide little concern for fantasy owners. Kershaw is striking out a career-best 11.6 batters per nine innings and owns a walk rate on par with his career norm, suggesting that his ERA will eventually fall steadily once he starts to enjoy better luck on balls in play and with stranding runners.