The last couple days were a good glimpse into the past and the present. The past was Chan Ho Park, the present was Clayton Kershaw. And, to the satisfaction of many, both produced solid results.
Chan Ho Park started today against the New York Mets and pitched very effectively again. This time, it was 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K. Overall, he's pitched 4 scoreless innings. Hey, it's baby steps, but it's working. When he first arrived, I thought it was an atrocious signing (flashback to this post), but he's been great so far. Ya ya ya, I know... it's only 4 innings. Trust me, I'm not ready to call him an ace again, I'm just giving credit where credit is due. And, quite frankly, he deserves credit.
Clayton Kershaw is the star of the future, and he got his first taste of action yesterday against the Washington Nationals. The final stat line is ordinary, but check out the end: 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 HBP, 3 K. I didn't see the game, but the review is that he gave up 2 bad-hop hits, so there's not much you can do about that. Striking out the side in his debut was quite possibly a great case of foreshadowing. Expect BIG things from him, maybe not now, but down the road.
On a side note, Hong-Chih Kuo was said to be feeling much better today after being scratched from his last start due to elbow tenderness. He's looking to go on Sunday, so stay tuned if that will actually happen or not.