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#pounditSaturday, August 15, 2020

Did Trea Turner catch Clayton Kershaw tipping pitches in Game 2?

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The Washington Nationals had Clayton Kershaw’s number early in Game 2 of the NLDS. They may have had something on his pitches, too.

TBS cameras caught Nationals shortstop Trea Turner in the dugout in the sixth inning seemingly explaining how to tell what Kershaw was throwing.

The Nationals scored three runs in the first two innings, starting with Turner’s leadoff double, and definitely seemed to be on Kershaw’s curveball. This alone fails to explain Kershaw’s issues. After all, he hit two batters in those two innings after hitting just two all season. Kershaw also largely settled down after his first two innings, so it’s interesting that this video came from pretty late in the game. Still, it would provide a bit more context to his early-inning struggles.

Tipped pitches are magnified at this time of year. If that is what happened to Kershaw, an ex-teammate may be able to help him.

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