Dodgers web musings: The Clayton Kershaw lovefest
Kershaw improved to 5-0 this season against the Giants.
Wrote the San Francisco Chronicle’s Henry Schulman: "If Clayton Kershaw wins the Cy Young Award, he might ask the trophy manufacturers to add an engraving of his foot standing on a Giant's throat."
The race for this year’s National League Cy Young Award figures to be a close with Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies, but after Kershaw’s victory left him a threat to win the pitching triple crown (he is tied in wins and leads in strikeouts and earned-run average), the needle seemed tilted his way.
The Times’ Dylan Hernandez describes Wednesday’s victory, as others chime in with flowers at Kershaw’s feet:
-- Tim Lincecum, who has been on the wrong side of his matchups with Kershaw four times this season, tells the San Jose Mercury News’ Andrew Baggarly theDodgers’ left-hander should "definitely" win the Cy Young: "You think, 'Hey, I did my job the best I could today, and he was just better.' Which is tough to say."
-- Fox Sports’ Michael Martinez thinks Kershaw has become a lock for the top pitching award.
-- USA Today’s Gabe Lacques writes that barring a major meltdown in his final start, Kershaw has secured the Cy Young.
-- Dodgers.com’s Ken Gurnick said the chorus for Kershaw and the Cy Young was universal after his performance Tuesday.
-- TrueBlueLA’s Eric Stephen writes that every time Kershaw takes the mound, he believes the left-hander will win.
-- Writing for SBNation.com, however, Stephen calls the three-way race for the Cy Young still too close to call.
-- Hernandez in The Times on teammates voting Matt Kemp most inspirational.
-- Several wives of the Dodgers donated more than $10,000 worth of household goods to charity.
-- The Times’ Bill Plaschke thinks the film "Moneyball" perfectly captured ex-Dodgers general manager Paul DePodesta.
-- Steve Dilbeck
Photo: Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw is applauded by fans as he leaves the game during the eighth inning of the Dodgers' 2-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday. Credit: Stephen Dunn / Getty Images