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Date d'inscription: 05-12-2018
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Courtesy of his three National League Cy Young Awards … ran-jersey , MVP, five ERA titles and numerous other accomplishments, Kershaw has a reputation as the best pitcher of his era that precedes him.And yet it's an open secret that he's not invincible anymore. The 2.73 ERA he posted in 2018 was his highest since 2010. He's downplayinga fastball that no longer has above-average velocity. Likewise, his strikeout rate was barely above average this season.For his part, Ryu has also been downplaying a low-velocity fastball since he reclaimed his status as a regular in the Dodgers rotation in 2017 after he endured two years ruined byshoulder surgery.He nonetheless put up a 1.97 ERA in 15 starts this season. His walk and home run rates were basically equal to Kershaw's, and he struck out 9.7 batters per nine innings to Kershaw's 8.7.So while Roberts isn't likely to say it while he and Kershaw are still inhabiting the same planet, Ryu is arguably a better pitcher than Kershawright now.Moreover, the 31-year-old had the approach needed to silence Atlanta's bats out of the gate.As MLB Network's Tom Verducci alluded to during Thursday's broadcast Greg Maddux Jersey , Braves hitters like to swing their bats. They had the highest swing rate of any National League team, and they especially loved hacking at first-pitch fastballs (meaning four-seamers and two-seamers):20.2 Swing%, 2nd in MLB.667SLUG%, 2nd in MLBWhen it comes to first-pitch fastballs, Kershaw and Ryu couldn't be more different. The former led with heat 64.4 percent of the time. The latter? Only 41 percent.Ryu didn't budge from this formula against the Braves in Game 1. Only 10 of his 25 first pitches (40 percent) were fastballs, and only a handful were in the strike zone:Image courtesy of BaseballSavant.MLB.comBraves hitters never got comfortable against Ryu's backward, inside-out approach. They mustered four hits off him and walked zero times. Ryu struck out eight.For now, it's good enough for the Dodgers that Ryu's mastery led the way to a 1-0 series lead. What could make Roberts' call look even better in hindsight is if it has a positive effect on Kershaw in Game 2.It's fair to question (as Jon Weisman did at Dodger Thoughts) whether Kershaw's terrible postseason track record is actually that terrible. But everyone and their uncle knows it's not good … ice-jersey , which has to do with how he's never taken the mound in October under anything less than a glaring spotlight. Only Kershaw himself knows for sure, but it's fair to wonder how much responsibility that pressure bears for his past failures.This time, however, things will be a little different when Kershaw takes the bump at Chavez Ravine on Friday.Nobody will expect the lefty to get the Dodgers off on the right foot. He must only continue what Ryu started. That's less of a tall task. It may only help him improve on his recent playoff debuts鈥攕ee his6.69 ERA in four NLDS Game 1s between 2014 and 2017.If so, people will have to think twice before second-guessing any further surprises from Roberts.More importantly, the Dodgers' 1-0 lead could turn into a 2-0 lead. Stats courtesy of Baseball Reference, FanGraphs and Baseball Savant. Matthew Stockman/Getty ImagesThe Arizona Diamondbacks head into this offseason with the intention of listening to offers for any and all players on their roster, including first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and pitcher Zack Greinke R.A. Dickey Jersey , according to Jon Heyman of Fancred.Goldschmidt has just one year remaining on his current contractafter the club picked up his option last month and is owed $14.5 million in 2019. Meanwhile, Greinke still has three years left on the six-year, $206.5 million megadeal he signed in 2015.Heyman notes that a rival believes the chances of a Goldschmidt deal are "remote." On the other hand, a Greinke trade may be a possibility if the Diamondbacks are willing to pay down some of his remaining contract. The 35-year-old is owed $31.5 million next season and $32 million in each 2020 and 2021, perSpotrac.Goldschmidt, 31, is coming off another strong season, hitting .290/.389/.533 with 33 home runs … mir-jersey , 35 doubles, five triples and 83 RBI. The veteran first baseman has earned six consecutive All-Star selections and has won won three Gold Gloves and three Silver Sluggers. Not only that, but he has finished top-three in National League MVP voting three times since 2013.Greinke had another quality season as well. The right-hander went 15-11 with a 3.21 ERA and a 1.079 WHIP in 33 starts, striking out 199 batters in 207.2 innings. He is 45-25 with a 3.53 ERA in three seasons with Arizona.Despite having two of the best players at their respective positions on the roster, the Diamondbacks have not had the sort of success they had hoped for after giving Greinke a nine-figure megadeal. After winning just 69 games during Greinke's first season in the desert, they responded by winning 93 games as well as the NL Wild Card Game last year, ultimately losing to NL West rival Los Angeles Dodgers.Arizona was 71-56, a season-best 15 games over .500 Kurt Suzuki Jersey , on Aug. 22 but went just 11-24 down the stretch to fall out of contention and finish the year at 82-80.Now, the Diamondbacks face a critical time for the organization's future. They will explore the trade market to see what is out there, but unless they get an offer too good to refuse, they do nothaveto deal either Goldschmidt or Greinke.

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