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Dodgers Web musings: Just how great is Clayton Kershaw? [Video]

June 9, 2011 | 12:40 pm

Clayton Kershaw is good. I know, you must be bowled over by that news.

But here’s a twist -- could he be the best young pitcher ever?

OK, there’s no proving that one, and all kinds of crazy factors could come into play in testing such a slightly outlandish statement.

But ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian has a stat that should get your attention:

"Kershaw is in his fourth major league season. He has 32 victories, a 3.15 ERA and 593 strikeouts in 568 2/3 innings. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, no 23-year-old pitcher has ever had that many victories, an ERA that low and averaged more than one strikeout per inning in his career since ERA became an official statistic after 1910. No pitcher.’’

As in, never before in the history of the game.

Also on the Web:

--The Times’ Bill Shaikin writes that Frank McCourt’s financial troubles could not only force him to put the Dodgers up for sale, but the L.A. Marathon, too.

--Bad news for those hoping McCourt won’t meet payroll June 15, making it easier for Major League Baseball to put the team up for sale, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale claims he does have the money to meet payroll.

--Forbes’ Mike Ozanian writes that Bank of America has learned a lesson since lending McCourt more than half the money he needed to purchase the Dodgers.

--Ex-Dodgers manager and current MLB executive Joe Torre, in a Sports Illustrated video, below, on Commissioner Bud Selig seizing control of the Dodgers: "He just feels that L.A. deserves to have the type of franchise it’s had for years and he’s really looking into it. I really don’t know what the result will be.’’


--The Daily News’ Kevin Modesti profiles Dennis Gilbert, one of the names most frequently heard as a potential buyer of the Dodgers.

--The Times’ Dylan Hernandez says Manager Don Mattingly was second-guessing himself after Wednesday’s 2-0 loss to the Phillies.

--Hernandez also looks at the unofficial platoon of James Loney at first.

--ESPN’s Tony Jackson says the Dodgers need to demonstrate the ability to beat a top pitcher.

--Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness’ Mike Petriello sadly calls the Dodgers’ miserable seventh inning Wednesday a microcosm of their entire season.

--ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick profiles the Dodgers’ newest rookie, shortstop Dee Gordon.

--The Dodgers’ attendance problems have received the attention of the New York Times, though it oddly seems to place much of the problem as the result of an increased police presence.

--The LAPD has reassigned the Bryan Stow beating case to its elite robbery homicide division.

--Recaps of the Dodgers' draft are offered by MLB and TrueBlueL.A.

-- Steve Dilbeck