Author: Aaron Gleeman

Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw is still the best pitcher on the planet


Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw was somewhat human in the first half, posting a 2.85 ERA in 18 starts, and the three-time Cy Young winner was initially left off the All-Star team before being added as a last-minute replacement.

That was in July, but it seems like a distant memory because since then Kershaw has resumed being an unhittable strikeout machine. He tossed seven innings of one-run ball Monday night against the Rockies, improving to 9-0 with a 0.98 ERA in 13 starts since July 1.

Going back even further, Kershaw has a 1.26 ERA and 191/22 K/BB ratio in 150 innings since late May, holding opponents to a .172 batting average over the span of 20 starts and four months. Overall this season he leads the league in innings (208) and strikeouts (264) while posting a 2.12 ERA that’s right in line with his combined 2.11 mark from 2011-2014.

Kershaw may not win a fourth Cy Young award because of a slow start to the season and great performances from rotation-mate Zack Greinke and Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, but he remains the best pitcher on the planet at age 27.

Corey Kluber set to rejoin the Indians’ rotation

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Indians right-hander Corey Kluber has been sidelined for the past two weeks with a strained hamstring, but the reigning Cy Young award winner has been cleared to start Thursday against the Royals.

Cleveland has clawed its way back into the fringes of the Wild Card race with a 70-71 record, so they’ll need a healthy Kluber down the stretch to make a playoff push.

And he’s looking to finish the season on a high note after poor run support left him with an 8-13 record despite a 3.41 ERA and spectacular 219/38 K/BB ratio in 200 innings.

Cesar Hernandez needs season-ending thumb surgery

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Phillies infielder Cesar Hernandez has been diagnosed with ligament damage in his left thumb and will undergo season-ending surgery, the team announced.

Hernandez suffered the injury during a collision with Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo in Sunday’s game.

Hernandez got the first extended opportunity of his career filling in for Chase Utley at second base and posted good first-half numbers, but the 25-year-old switch-hitter has cooled recently and finishes the season hitting just .272 with one homer and a .687 OPS in 127 games.