Clayton Kershaw has been utterly dominant for the last decade. For as many people who say he is ‘washed’ and ‘won’t get by with his velocity’, he is silencing them with his 2.77 ERA this season. He remains one of the best pitchers in the game, something that did not seem like a feasible statement to make through all the back injuries and 89 mile per hour fastballs.
Kershaw is a Dodger and hopefully will be one until his career comes to an end. He has already been in the league for a whopping 12 seasons. Where does time go?
In his masterful start on Wednesday against the St. Louis Cardinals, Kershaw tossed 7 innings of one-run ball and struck out 9 while only walking one. In the process, Kershaw also surpassed Don Sutton for the Dodgers franchise record for wins above replacement (WAR).
Clayton Kershaw just became the most productive Dodger in history:
64.8 WAR Kershaw
64.4 WAR Sutton
63.4 WAR Sniderhttps://t.co/thNx6cFPvl
— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) August 7, 2019
There is no doubt that Clayton Kershaw is the best pitcher of this generation. A 2.41 ERA, three Cy Young Awards, and a 2014 NL MVP attest to that.
Now, on the downside of Kershaw’s career trajectory — one that sees him age rather gracefully — Kershaw is now poised to rack up as many pitching records for the Los Angeles Dodgers as possible. He rivals the great Sandy Koufax for the greatest pitcher of not just Dodgers history, but of baseball history.
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) August 7, 2019
What we have witnessed for the last 12 years from Clayton Kershaw has been amazing. It has been a thrill ride. One day, though, and one day soon, it will come to an end. So, enjoy it now and recognize greatness because whenever Kersh takes that mound, you are witnessing possibly the greatest pitcher the sport has ever seen.