MLB Network has given the Los Angeles Dodgers’ ace Clayton Kershaw major recognition. Without a doubt, there are some tremendous pitchers in the game right now. Equally important – Chris Russo and Brian Kenny feel that Kershaw has been the best starting pitcher over the last ten years.
Skip to the one-minute mark in this video to see the rankings. You will see some dominant names including Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, and Chris Sale. However, no one has been as productive as Kershaw over the course of a decade.
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In case you’re wondering, write down the number 60.6. That is the number of Wins Above Replacement that Clayton Kershaw has been worth over the last decade. It’s more than any other pitcher on this list, slightly ahead of Verlander at 54. We could tell you about Kershaw’s 153 wins, or his incredible 2.39 ERA within that timespan.
However, to break it down to one whole number is to see it concrete. Indeed, Kershaw is the best pitcher in baseball over the past ten years.
Interestingly, Russo and Kenny debate quite a bit within this video. Moreover, they don’t really take the time to pick apart or debate Kershaw being the top dog at the position.
It’s just two talking heads’ list at the end of the day on the league’s network. But it’s nice to see that Kershaw is the undisputed number one over that timespan.
Think back to what you were doing in 2009. Now, tell yourself that Clayton Kershaw was the best in the game then. Think about what you’re up to in life now. Kershaw is still the game’s best by measurable standards – even with guys gaining on him.
It’s been a charmed life to watch the man bend a baseball over the plate for ten years. This is why he will be an inner circle Hall of Fame player.
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