It is inevitable that Sandy Koufax and Clayton Kershaw have been and always will be compared. Many oldtimers believe that Sandy was literally “The Left Arm of God”, that no pitcher will ever be better and it is possible that no one will put up better numbers that Koufax did in 1963 to 1966. However, one Clayton Kershaw is giving it a try. Koufax was more raw power and explosiveness, but Kershaw may already be the better pitcher. There, I said it! Koufax’s stuff was downright nasty while Kershaw’s is more deceptive.
Koufax did not put up a WHIP below 1.00 until was 27, while Clayton has done it twice and is on his way to a third year with a microscopic WHIP… all before he was 27! We have never seen Clayton pitch when he was 27 – 30 like we did Koufax. Those four years are what created Sandy’s legacy. Clayton Kershaw gets better every year. He is walking fewer batter and striking out more, more efficiently – with fewer pitches. He has almost cut his strikeout to walk ratio in half this year.
A fierce competitor, Kershaw is driven to be better and better. It is pure joy to see him pitch, and the maturation of Clayton Kershaw has been a thing to behold. You can believe that Sandy Koufax was the greatest pitcher of all time, but if Clayton Kershaw keeps up what he has started, you will have a hard time convincing yourself, let alone any others. Orel Hershiser holds the consecutive scoreless inning record, but I have never seen a pitcher dominate like Kershaw has done the past 6 or 7 games! Maybe he’s the “Other Left Arm of God.”
Of course, he has to start the All-Star game – just limit him to one inning!