Los Angeles Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw’s Health Issues Will Doom LA

With it being announced that Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw may not be ready for opening day, LA fans should feel concerned about their team’s chances for a third straight World Series appearance.

The Dodgers rotation doesn’t have pitchers who can shoulder the load. Sure Walker Buehler looked like a mad man with a 2.62 ERA last season, however, that was in 137.1 innings pitched.

The fact of the matter is Kershaw is breaking down. Probably because he has been carrying the Dodgers for the past several seasons. Especially when Zack Greinke left for Arizona after the 2015 campaign.

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LA hasn’t acquired a veteran to help Kershaw lead the staff and the three-time Cy Young Award winner has slowed down in terms of innings worked.

The past three seasons Clayton Kershaw hasn’t thrown more than 175 innings in a season. In fact, he hasn’t been a 200 innings eater since ’15. He threw for over 200 innings five of his first eight seasons in the majors.

You would think that fewer innings would be beneficial, however, it’s not if it’s not by design.

Injuries have bitten Kershaw each of the last three seasons. Instead of chasing after Bryce Harper, LA should have pulled the trigger on a Trevor Bauer or Corey Kluber deal with Cleveland.

Kershaw had a total of four complete games the past three years combined. This comes after having 10 in 2015 and 2014 combined.

Without Kershaw, the Dodgers will rely on Kenta Maeda, Rich Hill, Buehler, and Hyun-Jin Ryu, which isn’t a bad group. Nonetheless, LA needs more of an anchor since none of these arms have proven to be that in recent memory. Plus Buehler needs more experience.

Unless the Dodgers can bring in an elite starter to boost their rotation, I can’t say LA will be in the World Series.

Blame the Dodgers front office since Chris Archer, Gerrit Cole, David Price, and other ace-type pitchers have moved around in the past few years. This year it looks like Bauer, Kluber, Marcus Stroman and Greinke were up for the taking.

Kershaw gave everything he had during his prime. Now his time in the bigs has taken a toll on his body. LA might have to wait a little while for its next World Series crown.

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