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Dodgers News: Clayton Kershaw Displeased With Pitching Performance Against Brewers

Making his second start since returning from injury, Clayton Kershaw looked good on Wednesday night. He went five innings, allowing just one run and striking out two in the process.

Going against the NL-Central leading Milwaukee Brewers, it was an impressive game for Kershaw. However, the veteran left-hander didn’t see it that way and was critical of his performance after the game.

“Well, I thought the last one was better than this one, so I don’t know (if there was progress),” said Kershaw.

Per The OC Register

He also went on to say that it was “better to be lucky than good,” talking about the strong defense behind him.

Kershaw is the ultimate competitor, so naturally, he is going to be his own biggest critic. It’s what has allowed him to dominate for years in the big leagues and what will help him down the stretch of the season.

“There were some good throws in there, but overall it wasn’t pretty,” Kershaw said. “Really, there’s not a lot to build on. Just pitch better next time and hopefully go a little deeper and maybe get some ground balls and strikeouts and not so many lineouts.”

Per The OC Register

His game against the Brewers was weirdly similar to his start against the Colorado Rockies last time out as well. Five innings of work and one run allowed in both games for Kershaw.

He continued his strong season and now holds an ERA of 2.48 for the year. It was been a great year for the veteran, and the hope is that he can continue to build on things.

Even if Kershaw wasn’t happy with the performance, his manager Dave Roberts seemed to think some parts were better in this game.

“I felt certain things were better than the first one. And there were other things that I thought he wasn’t as sharp,” Roberts said.

Per The OC Register

While it wasn’t a dominant performance by any means, it was another sign of his effectiveness this season. Plus, having him go out there and get more reps each time out after being away with injury for over a month is a good thing.

It’s a slow build-up for him as the team wants to make sure he doesn’t reinjure himself. They need him for the postseason, so these shorter starts may be a common occurrence for the next few weeks.

Photo Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

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Matt Levine

Matt earned a Master of Science degree in Sport Management from Louisiana State University in 2021. He was born and raised in the Los Angeles area, growing up a huge fan of the Dodgers and Lakers. Matt Kemp was his favorite Dodgers player growing up.

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