In 2016, Clayton Kershaw told Sporting News that he’s not a fan of the idea of robot umpires replacing humans behind home plate:

How do we know (the technology is) accurate? I think the umpires do a really good job, and I don’t want to see that. As much as the hitters complain at times about strike zones, the high strike would be called in that box, and that never gets called, so they would have more issues than they think, for sure.

I’d like to hear if Kershaw still feels that way after Saturday night! Baseball’s best pitcher walked four Padres batters, and, well, that hardly ever happens.

And one pitch called a ball by home plate umpire Toby Basner really bothered Kershaw. So much so that Kershaw immediately did a pirouette on the mound (better video can be found on MLB.Com):

What should’ve been strike three on San Diego All-Star Wil Myers became ball two, and the plate appearance eventually resulted in a walk.

Kershaw still managed to give up just one run over 7 1/3 innings in the Dodgers’ 10-1 victory at Petco Park. However, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts let Kershaw throw 118 pitches (for some reason against a bad Padres lineup in early May), and the left-hander will get an extra day’s rest before his next start:


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