When Josh Beckett explained over the weekend why Clayton Kershaw might be the best pitcher he has ever seen, he wasn't talking about the movement on Kershaw's fastball or break on his curveball.
Beckett marveled at what Kershaw showed Tuesday night in a 3-2 defeat to the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium — that is, his ability to compete when he wasn't at his best.
Kershaw had one of his worst starts of the season on this night. Beset by command problems, Kershaw lasted only 5 2/3 innings. He walked three and gave up seven hits. He threw 107 pitches. Still, the Dodgers had a chance to win, as Kershaw, striking out nine, limited the damage to two runs, one earned.