The only thing more impressive (other than Kemp’s crushing of a home run off Dice K into the Holman Stadium parking lot) was Clayton Kershaw. That kid can flat out pitch. He may be the Dodgers’ #1 draft pick in the 2006 draft, but I think he could be up in the bigs very, very soon. He had one just filthy curveball on Sean Casey (or “public enemy #1″ as Vin likes to call the big curve) that made Vin just sit back and laugh. Check it out here (it’s worth a look). The thing was a monster. Before he took down Casey, he silenced World Series MVP Lowell and JD Drew. In 10 pitches. Wow. Did I mention he throws 97 miles per hour? Filthy, filthy stuff.
Word is that Torre says Kershaw has zero chance of making the big league team, but with performances like that, he could be destined for the majors very, very soon. So do you thinks it’s just coincidence that he followed Loaiza in the game today? Or maybe a message for the presumed #5 starter to get his act together. Regardless of what happens by opening day, the future of the Dodgers pitching staff certainly looks bright.
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