Dodgers C says Clayton Kershaw looked like his old self
Clayton Kershaw may have come away from Thursday’s game against the Chicago Cubs with a no-decision instead of a win, but there was some good news from his start.
Kershaw was making his second start since being activated from the disabled list by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He allowed just one run on four hits over five innings while striking out six. Kershaw departed with a 3-1 lead, but Walker Buehler and Erik Goeddel struggled in relief and the Dodgers lost 11-5.
After the game, Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes said Kershaw looked like his old self.
Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes, on Clayton Kershaw: "I saw 100 percent from him. I didn't see anything hampering or laboring or anything. I thought he was the Kershaw that I know."
— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) June 28, 2018
That’s a great sign for the Dodgers. Despite all their injuries and struggles to start the season, they’ve finally come around in June and are now above .500 for the season. At 43-37, they’re in the wild-card race and not far behind the Arizona Diamondbacks for second in the NL West. Kershaw being back to his old form will help them continue to push for a playoff spot.