Clayton Kershaw allows six runs to Diamondbacks, has a 5.84 ERA through two starts

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Clayton Kershaw wasn’t his usual dominant self on Opening Day last Monday against the Padres, yielding three earned runs on two walks and six hits over just six innings. And he was even worse in his second turn through the Dodgers’ 2015 rotation.

Kershaw gave up six runs — five earned — over 6 1/3 innings Saturday night at Arizona’s Chase Field as the Dodgers fell 6-0 to the Diamondbacks. Kershaw walked three and surrendered 10 hits — one of which was a seventh-inning Paul Goldschmidt homer that sailed 411 feet and drove Kershaw from the game.

As noted by Eric Stephen of True Blue LA, this was only the fourth time Kershaw had allowed double-digit hits in his eight-year major league career. He has done it twice at Coors Field and the other time was last year’s NLDS Game 1 against the Cardinals.

Out-dueling him on the other side Saturday night was Diamondbacks right-hander Archie Bradley, who spun six innings of shutout ball with six strikeouts in what was his major league debut.

Kershaw will carry a 5.84 ERA into his next start at home against the Rockies.

Rockies, Trevor Story agree on two-year, $27.5 million contract

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.

Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.

This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.

With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.