Good, its too early in the season to be throwing a perfect game.
It was a very smart move to pull Kershaw. He has an injury history and this was the best move. That is why they are getting paid to make baseball decisions and you are not.
He's old, and it was cold. Dodgers playing the long game. Smart.
There have been only 23 perfect games in MLB history. Kershaw was only at 80 pitches. Six outs away.
When you’re on the precipice of a truly special moment, you don’t do this. I mean yeah you can do it, but my god, no.
Another 20-30 pitches is going to land him on the DL? If his health is that fragile there’s no way he’s making it through a whole season anyway. Maybe just give him his next start off? I would think the morale boost this would give the team and fans would be worth the risk of letting him pitch TWO MORE INNINGS.
Again OP this is why you are not paid to handle matters like this. You sound like a fan who wants to see a perfect game. The perfect game is meaningless. A win is a win.
He was at 80 pitches and a guy who's garnered ample experience. It was a letdown of move but not too surprising these days. Wish I drafted him in fantasy, he slipped way down on average draft position this year.
Crap like this is exactly why baseball is on the decline. Fans get cheated because of some computer that spit out that so and so has a pitch count limit.
Ask Johan Santana.
Seventy-five years ago, starting pitchers paced themselves. Well over 90% of starters threw under 90 m.p.h. for fastball. Ballparks used to be HUGE 75 years ago, often 440 to 490 in deep center field. Now, most ballparks are 400 to 410 in deep center field. No such thing as 430 ft. fly out to deep center anymore. You say only 6 outs but baseball math proves once a starter faces guys for a 3rd time in a ballgame, batters usually figure out the starter. Often, after 75 pitches, a pitcher has lost about 5 m.p.h. off fastball.
Normally, this crap drives me nuts. But it was his 1st start of the year, the temps were in the 30s and he was hurt last year. He was fine with and actually said his slider was awful for the final 2 innings.
He said something about how he would have liked to have finished but he was losing control of his pitches. He's ok with leaving the game. Hopefully he will have another good start later in the season and we can see where it goes.
On one hand I get the rational reasons for it, on the other hand it’s 6 more outs and there’s only been 23 perfect games ever. The same way I wish nba players would play the 4th quarter when they have a chance to score 60+ I wish they left him in.
I’m sure as a competitor in the back of his mind he feels the same way.
More examples of baseball being lame and boring.