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  • Clayton Kershaw Appreciation Thread

    Clayton Kershaw is off to a rough start this year, but he is still pitching well enough to remind us why he is on a whole different level than your average big league hurler. Despite being a meager 1-2 with a 4.26 ERA and 87 ERA+ this year, he is still averaging 11.4 strikeouts per nine innings (should he maintain that rate for the rest of the season, it will be a career high) and only 2.2 walks per nine frames, which is 0.6 better than his career rate.

    So even when he stinks, he's pretty awesome. Mr. Kershaw deserves an appreciation thread.

  • #2
    In his last 11 starts, he has a 1.69 ERA and 108 Ks in 80 innings.


    • #3
      He has a 1.20 ERA since June 1 (82.2 innings).

      Since July 1, his ERA is 0.22 (41 IP).


      • #4
        What do we think it would take for home to win another Cy this year. I know things started out super slow and he's not getting the wins, but he is kicking butt now and just curious?????

        I Bleed Blue! ⚾️


        • #5
          Since the start of the 2011 season, Kershaw has made 171 starts...

          He has a .738 W/L %
          2.06 ERA
          177 ERA+
          3 Cy Young wins, one 2nd place, and one 3rd place.
          5.5 K:BB ratio
          4x league leader in ERA (on pace for his 5th in 6 years)
          4x league leader in WHIP (on pace for his 5th in 6 years)

          His AVERAGE season over the past five years (excluding his partial 2016)

          18-7, 2.11 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, 226 IP, 250 K, 48 BB, 7.1 WAR

          He's pretty good.
          My top 10 players:

          1. Babe Ruth
          2. Barry Bonds
          3. Ty Cobb
          4. Ted Williams
          5. Willie Mays
          6. Alex Rodriguez
          7. Hank Aaron
          8. Honus Wagner
          9. Lou Gehrig
          10. Mickey Mantle


          • #6
            I appreciate Clayton Kershaw.
            No one can make you
            Do what they want to
            You know you're stronger
            Than the lies
            That they tell you


            • #7
              After last night's game I would think people would appreciate him a little bit more. Seven shutout innings on short rest to tie the NLCS, puts one very big mark on the plus side of his playoff ledger.


              • #8
                Clayton Kershaw's career stats, including postseason play:

                130-66 W-L, .663 W%, 24 CG, 15 SHO, 1844 IP, 1364 H, 504 ER, 504 BB, 2020 K, 2.46 ERA

                Keep in mind that Kershaw has a career losing record and a 4.39 ERA in the playoffs.


                • #9
                  I'm new to the game and haven't been watching that long but man. I've been watching him lately and man, can he throw a ball. Very impressed!


                  • #10
                    Thus far in 2019:

                    13-2 (0.867), ERA 2.71, ERA+ 153, BB 31, K 147, K/BB 4.74, WHIP 1.021, WAR 3.2 (seems a bit low?).

                    Pretty damn good. Personally, I hope he has a big post-season and exorcises some of those demons.

                    EDIT: Since I wrote the above, he has gone 0-3 with 12 ER in 16 innings. Talk about the kiss of death!
                    Last edited by walter sobchak; 09-06-2019, 11:40 PM.


                    • #11
                      I heard a couple interesting tidbits today on MLB Now and Pardon the Interruption. On MLB Now it was mentioned that Kershaw and Pettite have the most postseason starts on short rest since 1995 and the wild card era with six each. Mike Wilbon on Pardon the Interruption stated that pitchers on short rest have a combined 49-72 record. I realize Kershaw's post season numbers are not good, but these stats could explain some of his post season difficulties. Thoughts?


                      • #12
                        So much for that theory.


                        • #13
                          Kershaw is one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history. A few simple reasons why I don't think he gets the kudos or respect, perhaps, that he deserves:

                          -Lowest ERA of any pitcher with 2000 IP in the entire last 100 years (1920-2021). The Liveball Era.
                          -Lowest Adjusted ERA in baseball history among all pitchers with 1500 IP.
                          -6 top 3 finishes in Cy Young Award Voting, including 3 Cy's, and a year when he won the MVP AND the Cy Young.
                          -Highest winning percentage in baseball history among all pitchers with 1500 IP.
                          -Lowest ERA in baseball history against one team (350 IP min). And, it's his arch rival, the San Francisco Giants. 1.79 ERA in 352.2 IP!
                          -Lowest WHIP of any pitcher with 1500 IP in The Liveball Era.
                          -Second all time in hits allowed per 9 IP.

                          He's also clearly having a Second Act very few thought he would have after the MAJOR back problems and shoulder problems set in. He's gone from someone who once averaged 95 mph and maxed out at 98 to someone averaging 92 and maxing out at 94. He used to rely on his fastball most of the time, and he now relies mainly on an amazing slider, and his patented curve. In other words, he has adapted extremely well, on top of everything else.


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                            • #15
                              What Kershaw has done against his arch rival (Giants) is the stuff of legend. Giants fans must cry whenever he takes the mound against them.

                              Lowest ERA versus any opponent, since 1920. Min 350 IP.

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