A pitcher reaching 2500 strikeouts for his career in the big leagues is a big deal. For Dodgers fans, they already knew that day would come. For a while, it looked like Clayton Kershaw had the potential to break the 4000 mark for his career.
While he may not reach that plateau, Kershaw has established himself as one of the best all-around pitchers in MLB history. To celebrate the Dodgers’ lefty reaching that career milestone, Daren Williams put together an expansive list of every player to ever go down on strikes to Kershaw. Fair warning: there are a lot of names on this list.
— Daren Willman (@darenw) September 4, 2020
The first thing you notice is that Kershaw struck out Brandon Belt more than anyone else in baseball. That makes sense, given that the Dodgers play the Giants often and Belt has been around about as long as Kershaw has.
As of now, there aren’t many more milestones to pass for Clayton Kershaw. He does have the potential to get his career WHIP down below 1.00, which would make him 1 of only 3 players in history to do that should he make it. Ed Walsh and Addie Joss are the only two players to ever have a career WHIP below 1. Both of those guys will have played a lot less than Kershaw has by the time his Dodgers’ career is over.
Kershaw is now in his 13th year with the Dodgers at 32-years-old. He was drafted in the 1st round of the 2006 draft out of Highland Park High School in Dallas.