The Dodgers have had many talented left-handed pitchers throughout the history of the franchise.
— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) August 13, 2019
In honor of National Left-Handers Day, here are the top 5 Dodgers left-handed pitchers of All-Time.
5. Nap Rucker:
Nap Rucker had a 10-year career, all spent with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Rucker pitched in 336 games. He had a record of 134-134, including 14 saves, and an ERA of 2.42. Rucker played for the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1907-1916. He pitched in 2,375.1 innings, and struck out 1,217 batters.
4. Jerry Reuss:
Jerry Reuss played in the MLB for 22-years. He spent 9 of the 22 years with the Dodgers, from 1979-1987. In 1980, Reuss was named an All-Star. With the Dodgers, Reuss had a record of 86-69, including 8 saves, with an ERA of 3.11. He was featured in 253 games.
In 1981, he was slated to be the opening day starter for Los Angeles before an ankle injury set the stage for…
3. Fernando Valenzuela:
Fernando Valenzuela appeared in 453 games in his career, 331 of which he donned Dodger blue. He finished his career with a record of 173-153, including 2 saves. As a Dodger, he had a 3.31 ERA over 2,348.2 innings pitched. The 6-time All-Star was awarded the NL Cy Young Award and Rookie of the Year awards in 1981. Moreover, he was a 2-time Silver Slugger award winner (’81, ’83), and won a Gold Glove award in 1986.
He was part of the 1981 and 1988 Dodgers World championship teams.
2. Sandy Koufax:
Sandy Koufax appeared in 397 games with the club, finishing with a record of 165-87, including 9 saves. He had a career ERA of 2.76, and he was also named an All-Star 6 times. Koufax won 3 Cy Young Awards along the way, and he was also named Most Valuable Player in 1963. Koufax tossed 2,234.1 innings in Dodger blue while striking out 2,396 batters. He was a life-long Dodger, in Brooklyn and Los Angeles, from 1955-1966.
1. Clayton Kershaw:
The best for last, Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw has pitched in 338 games, a career record of 164-71, and an ERA of 2.41. He is also a 3 time Cy Young award winner, and has one NL Most Valuable Player Award to boot.
The 8 time All-Star has pitched 2,226.1 career innings, all for Los Angeles, and he’s struck out 2,406 batters – the most all time for a Dodger lefty. Kershaw has been a Dodger for 12 seasons, and still shows no signs of slowing down.