Clayton Kershaw is well-known for being able to throw a deadly curveball.
Not only that, but he can spike it into the dirt and completely fool hitters.
Last night, during Game 2 of the NLDS between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres, Jurickson Profar learned that the hard way.
Kershaw got Profar to swing and miss at a curveball that actually bounced into the dirt before even reaching home plate.
The video of the moment can be seen in the tweet below, as Profar tried to get ahead of Kershaw on it, but swung and missed, being totally fooled in the process.
Of over 10 million MLB pitches thrown in the pitch tracking era, this is the lowest to get a swinging strike. 😮 https://t.co/AzE9ngOWP0
— Codify (@CodifyBaseball) October 13, 2022
Kershaw Fools Profar
Kershaw has been around long enough to be able to reinvent himself if need be.
But what hasn’t changed is his ability to fool hitters with his spiked curveball.
The ball wasn’t even anywhere near home plate when Profar swung and missed.
Kershaw fooled Profar into making some history here too.
This was the lowest pitch to result in a swinging strike since pitches have been tracked.
That’s not history you want to be a part of if you’re Profar.
But Kershaw is still one of the craftiest pitchers in all of baseball and knows how to execute his pitches, doing so to the point where Profar swung and missed before it hit the ground and before it even reached home plate.
Aside from a goose being on the field in the eighth inning last night, this might’ve just been the highlight of the game.
This pitch was way low, the lowest to ever get a swinging strike out of.
It also had some nasty bite to it as well.