What Exactly Was Clayton Kershaw Doing with 65 Eephus Pitch?

The Dodgers lost to the Diamondbacks on Friday night in a game that left-hander Clayton Kershaw would soon rather forget. “I did a lot of things I shouldn’t,” Clayton said after the loss. Manager Dave Roberts said he “just didn’t seem comfortable all night.”

Nowhere was that more evident than in the 4th inning when Kershaw unleashed a strange, stumbling 65-mile-per-hour pitch for a ball to open the frame. The moment got a lot of reaction online.

Dodgers play by play man Joe Davis handled the moment seamlessly, calling the pitch an eephus. The Diamondbacks broadcast was caught a little more off guard.

“What was that?” the Dbacks announcer asked. “Was that a jump throw? A Derek Jeter jump throw, a Tim Tebow loft it over the goal line.”

Kershaw wasn’t asked about the pitch after the game, but Dodgers fans know that every year he’s “working on” that changeup. Maybe this was a new new changeup.

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