Clayton Kershaw made his first start of spring training last week. While he didn’t have the best outing in the world, allowing three runs and five hits across three innings, it was his first time pitching in a while, and his introduction to the new pitch clock.
After the game, Kershaw spoke about the pitch clock, and said he wasn’t having any issues with it. However, he did find it to be a bit of a distraction at times.
“Today wasn’t a problem. I didn’t really have any issues with it,” Kershaw said. “I did find myself looking at it a lot. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. It obviously does take a little bit of focus off what you’re doing when you’re looking at the pitch clock. I don’t know if I’m going to change that or not, honestly. I guess we’ll just have to see.”
It’s nice to know that it wasn’t a problem for him, and he’ll only continue to get more used to it as he pitches more this spring and early this season.
It must be weird for someone like Kershaw — who’s been in the league since 2008 — to now suddenly have to speed up the way he’s been doing things for, you know, his entire life. But he didn’t have any pitch clock violations in his three innings of work, and clearly, didn’t have any issues going a bit faster.
While the outing wasn’t great, his fastball was topping at 93 mph, which is a great sign for Kershaw at this stage in the season. Last year, his fastball averaged 90.7 mph, so if he can have a few more ticks on it this year, he could be even more dominant than he was during his All-Star campaign last year.
Kershaw is scheduled to pitch again on Wednesday against the Colorado Rockies. First pitch for that one is 6:05 p.m. PST.
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