There's not much time to get it right this spring, what with the Dodgers playing a condensed exhibition season before starting the 2014 campaign in Australia later this month.
In a week the Dodgers will actually get on a plane and head for Sydney. One quick week. So you can understand if
In his third outing of the spring, Kershaw was less than sharp in five innings Sunday, giving up a pair of runs on five hits in the Dodgers’ 3-2 loss to the
It was, though, actually the best of his three starts, lowering his earned-run average to 10.00. His career spring ERA is 3.45.
"Definitely the results were a little bit better," Kershaw said to reporters in Phoenix. "Still some things I need to work on. But for the most part, it was a positive step in the right direction."
Kershaw, named earlier Sunday as the Dodgers’ opening-day starter against the
Kershaw threw 70 pitches and is expected to have one more spring start before the opener March 22 in Australia. In his nine total innings this spring, he has given up 10 runs on 12 hits and a walk, with five strikeouts.
"Any time you get to start opening day, no matter what continent, it's an honor," he said. "It's pretty cool."
That leaves precious little time to both work on his pitches and build up arm strength, but that's the set-up for the left-hander with the new record $215-million contract.
"I'll be ready," Kershaw said.