Pick up Clayton Kershaw!
Breaking news! Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com is all over this situation as it appears Clayton Kershaw may get the call to start for the Dodgers on Saturday.
I’ve maintained all along that Kershaw was most likely to be brought up some time on or around June 12 — along with guys like Bruce and Rasmus — so the club could save a year of arbitration service time. In addition to that, Kershaw only turned 20 years old during spring training, so why rush him?
Well, the reason to rush him is that both Brad Penny and Derek Lowe are banged up — not to mention that they are sporting matching 5.34 ERA’s after 10 starts — and the Dodgers haven’t had a reliable fifth starter all year, so they need rotation help. And when you’ve put up the kind of numbers Kershaw has, it’s pretty apparent the big lefty (6’3″, 220) is deserving of a shot.
What kind of numbers you say? Check out his page on MiLB.com and behold… a combined 163 strikeouts in 122.0 innings at two levels last year, followed by a 2.28 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 43.1 innings at Double-A so far this season. The preseason top 50 prospects list on MiLB.com had Kershaw ranked at #4 overall, tops among pitchers.
Kershaw is available now in ESPN.com leagues, but not yet on waivers in Yahoo leagues. I’m not sure about Sportsline, I don’t play in any of those, sorry. Needless to say, if he’s available, try to get him… he could very well be this year’s Cole Hamels or Tim Lincecum, the pitching prospect who could come in and put up big numbers from day one. This year’s Jered Weaver or Yovanni Gallardo wouldn’t be so bad either!
Now you know, go get him…