I have talked about this before and I will keep talking until someone convinces Clayton Kershaw that change is good. Clayton is still an elite pitcher… maybe the best pitcher in baseball… especially if he would not be so predictable. Hitters know he wants that first pitch strike and they are ready – especially in the Playoffs.
Washington was jumping on his first pitch in the first inning and most of the game. I wonder if it has ever occurred to Clayton that he could throw a ball on the first pitch and they would swing anyway? I am not suggesting that he just throw balls – I am suggesting that his greatest strength: HIS ABILITY AND PROCLIVITY TO THROW STRIKES, is also his greatest weakness. In fact, when his velocity was higher, he could get away with it much more easily.
Clayton has to change or he is going to lose a lot of games to pitchers like Max Scherzer. Clayton is a creature of habit, but if he doesn’t change his “in game habits and patterns” it is going to be a long season. We’ve seen what happens in the post-season. I don’t believe he chokes or implodes – I believe that he becomes predictable and hittable. He aslo needs to develop a killer change-up. Clayton, put in a call to Greg Maddux. The change-up made his career! Clayton needs to become unpredictable!
I am not going to belabor this. He just needs to adapt. Nuff said! Now that I have said that, a team is not going to win many games when they score only 2 runs and strand runners at 3B with no outs. If the pieces aren’t getting the job done, CHANGE THE PIECES.
- Justin Turner is making progress and hitting off a tee. The first week of May is looking more likely.
- Will Walker Buehler get the call Monday, or will it be Stripling or Stewart? My vote is for Buehler. Stripling needs to stay in the pen and Stewart needs to go there (regardless of how he is pitching as a starter in AAA – he’s not an MLB starter – I said it, I meant it and I’m here to represent it.)
- Use all the stats you want (and they ain’t good), but Joc does not pass the eye test right now and neither does Kike! This is a bottom-line business.
I was at the Pacer Cavs game last night and it was the worst officiated game I have ever seen. The Pacers played badly in the first half and were down 17 before coming back to win by two, but it’s obvious the NBA wants Le Bron to move to the second round. Calls that were blatantly “hand in the chest of the defensive player” which should have been offensive fouls were called defensive fouls and there were more than 10! It was horrible. Talk about a conspiracy. The NBA Sucks!
Clayton Kershaw Photo credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times
MINOR LEAGUE REPORT by AlwaysCompete
OKC – 6-3 Win over the Round Rock Express (Rangers)
On Thursday, Justin De Fratus was promoted to AAA to start, and AA started Frank Duncan in his place. De Fratus was needed because the Dodgers released or traded 2 members of the OKC starting rotation, Alec Asher and Zach Neal. Duncan was released by the DBacks earlier in the month. But that was only 1 starter, and they needed two. Yesterday, the Dodgers completed a trade with the DBacks for 27 year old RHP, Tyler Pill, for that proverbial PTBNL, or cash.
Pill started for OKC and pitched 3 shutout innings, giving up 1 hit and 2 walks, with 2 K’s. Daniel Corcino followed with 2.0 IP surrendering 2 runs on 1 hit, but allowed 4 walks and only 1 K. CC Lee pitched the next 1.1 inning and allowed the third run on a HR. Edward Paredes, Daniel Hudson, and Brian Schlitter finished the final 2.1 innings without allowing a baserunner. Schlitter picked up his 2nd consecutive save, and 3rd on the season.
Tim Locastro went 2-4 with his 3rd double. His OPS is now at 1.090 to lead the team. Donovan Solano, Jake Peter, and Breyvic Valera each had a two-hit night. Alex Verdugo had a two-run RBI single.
The win pushes the OKC Dodgers record to 12-2.
Tulsa – 4-1 Loss to the Northwest Arkansas Travelers (Royals)
After Devin Smeltzer surrendered 1 run in .2 innings, and Karch Kowalcyk allowed 3 (1 earned) run in his 2.0 innings, the pitching settled down. Brian Moran, Dylan Baker, and Josh Sborz finished the final 5.1 innings without allowing a run on only 1 hit. They combined for 0 walks and 6 K’s. The 2 unearned runs were due to Drew Jackson’s 7th error on the season.
Yusniel Diaz added to his debut on Thursday with a 2-4 night. Jacob Scavuzzo hit his 2nd HR to account for the sole run for the Drillers. DJ Peters had another 0-2 night but got two more walks. He is 0-4 with 6 walks over the last two games. Getting better plate discipline???
RC – 7-5 Win over the Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres)
Dean Kremer started and went a strong 5.0 IP. He surrendered 1 run on 5 hits and no free passes. He registered 8 K’s. Imani Abdullah pitched a scoreless 6th inning with 2 K’s and 1 hit. Sven Schuller surrendered 3 runs (1 earned), and Ryan Moseley allowed a HR in the 9th to complete the scoring for the Storm.
The Quakes had 13 hits for their 7 runs. Logan Landon had a 3-5 night with 2 doubles, and Jeren Kendall had a 2-4 night also with 2 doubles. Landon now has 4 doubles and Kendall 5 doubles on the season. Donovan Casey and Cristian Santana each had two hits and hit their 1st HR of the season. Catcher Steve Berman also had a 2 hit night. After Schuller was tagged with his 3rd blown save, he got credit for the win after the Quakes scored 5 in the bottom of the 8th to get the win.
Great Lakes – 5-4 Loss to the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers)
There were not many highlights in this game. Devin Hemmerich allowed a walk, triple, and sacrifice fly in the 8th allowing the 2 runs and giving the Whitecaps the win. One bright spot was Zach Pop finally pitched as he was expected to. After three lackluster performances, Pop pitched 2.2 hitless and scoreless innings, striking out 6 of the 8 batters he faced. That’s what we were hoping for.
Offensively, the sole multi hit game belonged to 1B, Nick Yarnall. Brandon Montgomery had a 2 RBI single.
OKC – Guillermo Moscoso
Tulsa – Yadier Alvarez
RC – Andrew Sopko
Great Lakes – Riley Ottesen