Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is the NL frontrunner for Cy Young award and there are those that believe he should win the NL MVP award.
Kershaw made that abundantly clear tonight with his seven inning-one run performance, where he struck out 12 Brave hitters. Even with a high pitch count, Kershaw was able to hang in there and unlike many other pitchers, he was able to limit the damage to just one run.
John Smoltz, the 1996 NL Cy Young recipient and 1995 World Series Champion with the Atlanta Braves was on the Dan Patrick Show yesterday and was asked if he would pick Kershaw to start a franchise:
I totally agree. I think he’s the best of the best and I’d have no problem comparing him in any era. If you had to start a team right now, I’d argue he’s the guy you start your team with. When you look across baseball, you don’t find these left-handed polished pitchers anymore. He’s doing it at a pretty consistent rate and getting better.
Very high praise from a former Brave, especially since Kershaw went up against the Braves tonight. Smoltz wasn’t the only one to appreciate Kershaw’s talent as NBC sportscaster and MLB Network analyst Bob Costas agreed with him:
I couldn’t argue with that. Clayton Kershaw for the moment is more than just the best pitcher in baseball. He’s led the major leagues in ERA three consecutive years. Plus he’s left handed, happens to pitch in a pitcher’s park. He goes deep into games, he’s a good all around athlete. That’s a good choice.
Costas is a baseball enthusiast and one of the best broadcasters in sports. His admiration of Kershaw is testament of the spectacular career he has so far and he’s only getting better. At only 25, Kershaw is in the prime of his career and he’ll more than likely become the highest paid pitcher in baseball.
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