At age 25, Clayton Kershaw is quietly putting up numbers only a few pitchers ever have. Among active pitchers with at least 1,000 innings pitched, Clayton Kershaw is #2 behind Mariano Rivera (2.22 ERA) with a 2.62 ERA. He is way ahead of any other active pitcher. All of the following have an ERA over 3.08:
- Adam Wainwright
- Felix Hernandez
- Roy Halliday
- Cliff Lee
- Justin Verlander
- Everyone else
Very few pitchers in the live ball era and in the era since the high mound have had ERA’s below 2.00. Sandy Koufax had 3 years with ERA’s below 2.00, but that was still in the high mound era and at the end of the dead ball era. I’m not trying to take anything away from the great Koufax, because it was just a different time, but right here, right now, Clayton Kerhsaw is the best pitcher in baseball.
The thing is, Sandy’s best years were when he was 27 through 30.
Clayton Kershaw is just 25 years old – it’s been 25 years since the Dodgers won the World Series. Coincidence? I think not! His best days are ahead of him. Odds are, that in the next 5-7 years he will have to have TJ (that’s just a fact unless he’s Supreman…. and he may be), but Clayton could pitch another 15 years. His legend is just being established.
Bill Plaschke of The LA Times today memorializes Kirk Gibson, Mel Didier, Mike Davis, Mitch Poole and the 1988 Dodgers.
Dodger Rants & Raves
- These have to be Destiny’s Dodgers when Juan Freaking Uribe is hitting .275!
- Has the league figured out Puig? He was 2-4 last night and is still hitting .364. If they have figured him out, he’s awesome!
- Brandon League is lights’ out… Who knew?
- Mark Ellis is still outhitting Chase Utley .281 to .279.
- I would not be surprised if Paco Rodriguez was sent to AAA, but kept with the team for two weeks tomorrow when Brian Wilson is activated. I think he could use a rest and he has options. He is pitching great, but two weeks of rest could keep him fresh. I guess the same could be said of Withrow. That said, if any player is nicked up a little, they could go to the DL to make room for the Beach Boy.
- The Dodgers remain 4th in team BA and 3rd in team ERA.
- Ross Stripling has officially established himself (in my opinion) as the Dodgers #1 pitching prospect. He pitched 6 innings of 1 hit ball last night with 0 runs. I would think we will see him in September. Maybe the AFL?
- It would be a nice story if Aaron Miller makes the bigs as a hitter. He’s learning…