Throughout his career, Clayton Kershaw has been regarded as one of the best pitchers in league history. The Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander dominated through significant stretches in his career that have earned a strongly respected reputation. With that in mind, Kershaw could be adding another pitch to his arsenal for the 2020 season.
Clayton Kershaw’s MLB career
He has experienced incredible individual success over the years while being a significant reason for the Dodgers’ sustained success. Kershaw has earned three NL Cy Young Awards, an NL MVP, eight All-Star selections, a Gold Glove award, thrown a no-hitter, and achieved the Triple Crown. His 2.44. career ERA and 1.01 WHIP are the lowest among starters in MLB history.
Kershaw has had his fair share of struggles in the playoffs that put a damper on his reputation, but that shouldn’t overlook the body of his work that has made him one of the greatest pitchers.
Clatyon Kershaw may have new pitch
Throughout much of his career, Clayton Kershaw has utilized three pitches in the rapport that have led to tremendous success.
Kershaw garnered a strong reputation as a strikeout pitcher behind his highly effective curveball and slider that has become his primary out pitch. However, the 32-year-old is working on adding a change-up to the mix. (H/T DodgersNation.com)
I feel good with it…good might not be the right word, I feel average. Doc said too, it’s not a pitch I’m throwing 25 percent of the time, but if there are situations that I can mix it in throw it five to ten times a game and make it something that at least it’s in the back of hitter’s minds, a fourth pitch to think about, I think that would be the goal. I think I have the ability to do that and we’ll see what happens.
The change-up is something that he has admitted he has struggled with throughout the last several years. He rarely utilized that pitch in the 2019 season, with it thrown only 16 times, which accounted for 0.6% of the total he made. His use of it recently caught the attention as caught teammate Kike Hernandez off guard when he threw it.
That could become a valuable tool for him to find success in the 2020 season and possibly beyond.
Dodgers’ expectations for 2020 season
The Dodgers added another significant piece to the puzzle in the offseason with former AL MVP Mookie Betts.
That places higher expectations on the franchise to continue to compete as one of the top teams in the league. Many have them pegged as being one of the favorites to win the 2020 World Series despite a shorted season that will span only 60 games. Los Angeles remains a deep team loaded with young and proven talent across the board.
Clayton Kershaw will be among the significant contributors to the team’s success in 2020 as he’s looked upon as their second top starter behind rising star Walker Buehler. Some believe his best days may be behind him; it’s another chance to prove that he has plenty left in the tank to play at an elite level at this stage of his career.
Beyond that, the Dodgers should be in the mix to vie for a World Series title that has avoided them for three decades.