Adrian Gonzalez thinks Clayton Kershaw is the NL MVP


Clayton Kershaw pitched the Dodgers past the Giants on Sunday afternoon, helping extend his club’s NL West lead to three games. The lefty went eight innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out nine. Kershaw now owns a 19-3 record with a 1.70 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, and a 219/28 K/BB ratio.

Kershaw is a lock for the National League Cy Young award, but teammate and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez thinks Kershaw is the obvious choice for NL MVP as well:

Kershaw is the major league leader in Wins Above Replacement, according to Baseball Reference, which hasn’t yet been updated for today’s action. Kershaw’s 7.7 WAR narrowly edges Mike Trout’s 7.6 and is well ahead of Jason Heyward’s 6.5, who has the second-highest WAR in the National League. Per FanGraphs (which also won’t update until the morning), Kershaw’s 6.3 WAR edges out Jonathan Lucroy’s 6.0.

What we’re witnessing from Kershaw is the best starting pitching season since Roger Clemens in 2005 and Pedro Martinez circa 1997-2003.

Report: Red Sox to sign Zack Godley

Red Sox sign Zack Godley
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Chris Cotillo of reports that the Red Sox are nearing an agreement with pitcher Zack Godley. It is still unclear whether the contract will be of the minor or major league variety.

Godley, 30, was with the Tigers on a minor league contract but the club released him in early April. The right-hander pitched for the Diamondbacks and Blue Jays last season, amassing 92 innings with a 5.97 ERA and a 70/42 K/BB ratio. Godley was quite solid for the D-Backs in 2017, posting a 3.37 ERA over 155 innings, so the Red Sox are hoping to see that version of him.

The Red Sox need starting pitching depth with Chris Sale out for the year due to Tommy John surgery and Eduardo Rodríguez sidelined because of a positive COVID-19 test. Collin McHugh is also still on the mend from an elbow injury. The starting rotation at the moment includes Nathan Eovaldi, Martín Pérez, Ryan Weber, and Brian Johnson. It is certainly the club’s biggest weakness.

The Red Sox open up the 2020 regular season at home against the Orioles on July 24. Eovaldi would seem to be the one to get the Opening Day nod. Godley could slot in anywhere else in the rotation, from No. 2 to 5.