Kershaw’s striking dominance
By Joshua Gurnick
In case you somehow missed it … Clayton Kershaw is really good.
Since his 2008 big-league debut, he leads Major League Baseball in ERA (2.42), strikeouts (1,800), opponents’ batting average (.206), shutouts (13) and WHIP (1.02), and ranks in the top 10 in wins (117, tied for fourth), complete games (22, tied for third), strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.84, 10th) and strikeouts per nine innings (10.42, fourth).
Kershaw’s 1,800th career strikeout came in the ninth inning of the Dodgers’ 1-0 victory Sunday over the Padres, arriving in his 250th career game. Only Randy Johnson (1,877) has more strikeouts through his first 250 games.
Although it is not considered a major milestone, the ranking provides some additional perspective on his dominance through only nine years in the big leagues. Kershaw remains on track this year to become the youngest National League pitcher ever with 2,000 career strikeouts.
It is obviously too early to vote him into the Hall of Fame, but his name surely ranks among a lot of its members.