Buster Olney & Jayson Stark debate whether Clayton Kershaw is the NL MVP & more. Plus, Alex Cora on potential trades for the Yankees and Clark Spencer on the surge of Ichiro.
Los Angeles Teams
Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer
When Clayton Kershaw starts, the Dodgers play like a 146-win team (9-1, .900 win pct). With anyone else pitching, they play like a 99-loss team (14-22, .389 win pct). So to recap: With him out there they're the greatest team in history. With anyone else they'd pick first in the draft.
May continues to be Kershaw's month
With his shutout of the Reds on Monday, Clayton Kershaw now has three this month to go along with a 5-0 record and 55 strikeouts. Only one other pitcher in the last 100 years has posted similar numbers in a month: the Orioles' Pat Dobson in July 1971 (ESPN Stats & Info).
The race for College Football Playoff spots will be impacted early this season with several interesting matchups in Week 1.
Cueto, Kershaw combine for rare feat
The Giants' Johnny Cueto and Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw each pitched their teams to 1-0 shutout wins on Monday. Not since 2001 has that happened on the same day, per Elias Sports Bureau.
The Super Bowl will be comingi to Los Angeles soon, but the NFL probably wiill want Stan Kroenke's stadium to be up and running before it does.
Dodgers, Padres get what they needed
After Sunday's 17-inning affair, the Dodgers and Padres could only hope that Monday's starters would pitch efficiently. Both teams got just that, as Clayton Kershaw fired a two-hit shutout, and Drew Pomeranz threw seven scoreless innings.
Another milestone homer for Pujols
Albert Pujols connected off Rangers starter Derek Holland for a 439-foot shot to left field in Monday's 2-0 Angels' win. The homer was Pujols' 569th, tying him with Rafael Palmeiro for 12th all-time.
On Monday, we learned that the Chicago Cubs were human, Yoenis Cespedes and Clayton Kershaw might not be, while two old dogs still have some bite.
Monday's longest home runs
Marcell Ozuna's 446-foot blast off Rays starter Matt Moore led the way on Monday. Albert Pujols' 569th career homer wasn't far behind at 439 feet.
UCLA will announce a 15-year schoolwide shoe and apparel deal worth $280 million with Under Armour on Tuesday, sources told ESPN.com.
Rams owner Stan Kroenke's plan to build one of the most lavish sports venues in the world is a game-changer for southern California.
Strength of schedule matters more than ever in the playoff era. So when you settle in on Sept. 3 to watch Alabama-USC, Oklahoma-Houston, Auburn-Clemson and more, you can thank the CFP.
A season removed from knee surgery and a full participant in offseason workouts, Todd Gurley could easily top his Offensive Rookie of the Year season.
Clayton Kershaw gave the Los Angeles Dodgers' bullpen a much-needed night off, pitching a complete-game, two-hit shutout against the Reds on Monday.
Albert Pujols homered to lift the Angels to a win. Although the numbers don't look great in 2016, there are some positive indicators moving forward.
Clayton Kershaw tossed a two-hitter for his third shutout of the season, pitching the Los Angeles Dodgers past Cincinnati 1-0 Monday night for their eighth straight win over the Reds.
Alabama-USC, Oklahoma-Houston and LSU-Wisconsin at Lambeau Field are highlights of a memorable lineup -- part of a new trend toward a stronger Week 1 slate.
Albert Pujols hit a two-run home run, the 569th of his career, and Nick Tropeano threw 6 2/3 strong innings to help the Los Angeles Angels beat the Texas Rangers 2-0 on Monday night.
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
Strong effort tonight from Nick Tropeano, shutting down the Rangers for 6.2 innings and allowing just five baserunners. His ERA drops to 2.86, although that's thanks in part to the second-highest strand rate among starters in the majors. Now let's see if the Angels' pen can hold the 2-0 lead.
Will the Lakers look to develop their young core or seek to sign an all-star? Ireland maps out how the Lakers offseason will go down, starting with the signing of Ingram.