Clayton Kershaw pitched a reasonably good game last night to stop the Dodgers losing streak as he is prone to do, but there is one aspect of his game that he needs to fix before it becomes a big problem. Oftentimes, a person’s greatest strength is also their greatest weakness and I believe that is true in Clayton Kershaw’s case as well. Clayton’s greatest strength is his intensity and focus – that intensity and focus also makes him a great competitor.
So, let me get to my point: If you didn’t see the post game Press Conference with Clayton, you can see it HERE. Here’s what Ken Gurnick reported:
After beating the Rockies on Wednesday night, 4-2, Clayton Kershaw had another career first: the first time he publicly ripped an opponent.
The Dodgers ace’s anger was aimed at Rockies starter Tyler Anderson, who held up the start of the game walking slowly from the bullpen to the dugout with his catcher and coach in foul ground and forcing a delay of Kershaw’s first pitch by about a minute. Kershaw waited impatiently, at one point pacing off the mound in annoyance.
Personally, I believe that Bud Black is a very smart manager and I believe that Tyler Anderson was late in walking from the bullpen to the dugout by design. It was designed to throw him off Clayton’s routine. It was designed to steal his focus and intensity… and IT WORKED! Clayton was clearly rattled in the first inning and ne never really got into his rhythm the rest of the game.
Clayton likes routine and you had better believe that other teams will do the same thing or something similar to throw him off. Don’t lose theta intensity and focus, Clayton, but also let it go and keep your focus. This is a mental hurdle that he will have to overcome… and quickly, or teams will do all kinds of things to throw him off. Can you blame them? They know they have no chance against him unless they can get him out of his comfort zone. It’s time to take another step forward, Clayton. Don’t let them get your goat!
Rants & Raves
- That’s the Kike I know!
- Cody had two more jacks last night. He’s coming soon…
- Way to show you belong, Chris Taylor!
- Yasiel Puig should hit 6th, 7th or 8th!
- Bring on the Dirt-Bags – Let’s take First
- According to Doug Padilla, The Dodgers’ Corey Seager became just the sixth NL player since 1920 to collect 200 hits, 100 runs, 100 RBI, 50 doubles and 30 home runs through his first 200 games. The last two to do it were the Mets’ David Wright and the Cardinals’ Albert Pujols.
- Did the fact that a Lefty (Doc) threw BP before the game help the Dodgers beat a Lefty? It didn’t hurt and I would keep it up, Doc!
Minor League Report
Thew best one is HERE. You can’t beat David Hood’s Minor League Report, so why try?