Clayton Kershaw is the best pitcher in baseball, and he’s one of the most fun players to watch in general. Yahoo! Sports named him one of the “Five Players to Follow During the 2016 MLB Season” today. Seeing him on that list isn’t shocking, and he’s definitely a “must watch” player, both for the Los Angeles Dodgers and for Major League Baseball.
No other pitcher in baseball is as menacing and dominant as Kershaw happens to be. Over the last five seasons, Kershaw has compiled a 2.11 ERA in 1128 innings. On top of that, he’s struck out 1249 batters and walked just 242 of them. He’s fanned nearly 29 percent of the batters he’s faced.
From Yahoo! Sports:
Kershaw, 28, has already won three Cy Young Awards and a National League MVP. But the free-spending Dodgers, who expect to be in the postseason in pursuit of their first World Series title since 1988, may need another sub-2.00 ERA and a fourth Cy Young-type season from Kershaw to accomplish their goal.
It’s hard to disagree with this. The rest of the rotation has their own issues, but Kershaw is as steady as the come. He’s the straw that stirs the drink for the team, and there’s no doubt that the Dodgers trust him every single time he steps foot on the mound. He just produces. Simple as that.
While the Dodgers will most certainly be competing for a fourth straight division championship this season, whatever they get from the rest of the rotation is seen as gravy. Why? Well, Kershaw is so good that you know what you’re getting. You’re getting the best, and the best is someone to watch.
If the perceived gap between him and the rest of the rotation is as pronounced as many think it might be, yet the Dodgers still win the division, Kershaw could very well be up for his second MVP award.