Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has been putting up historic numbers, taking down teams in deflating fashion and solidifying his place in the MLB history books. When it’s Kershaw’s turn on the mound social media explodes with #KershawDay hashtags.
He became the fifth pitcher ever to record six consecutive games with double-digit strikeouts.
.@ClaytonKersh22 now has 11 Ks through eight innings. It’s his sixth straight game with 10 Ks or more.
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Taking a closer look at Kershaw’s numbers, to date he has racked up an unheard of 88Ks and four walks in 70 innings. He also has a 1.67 ERA in his first nine starts.
Business Insider crunched the numbers to calculate Kershaw’s strikeout-to-walk ration in MLB history. Results are shown below.
So what does this mean exactly?
A pitcher is said to be doing well if he strikes out three batters for every walk he gives up.
Kershaw is striking out 22 batters for every walk. MLB has never seen anything even remotely close to that. Prior to this season, there have only been 20 pitchers who finished a season with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of at least 7.0 and nobody has ever finished higher than 11.6.
The Dodgers are still looking to find a rhythm and have a long road trip ahead of them. In the coming weeks the Boys in Blue will face the New York Mets and Chicago Cubs.
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