#Analysis — Clayton Kershaw is Unreal

Clayton Kershaw is currently spinning a gem at Chavez Ravine against my Yankees.  This is his age 25 season (he’ll turn 26 next March, just before the season begins).  Kershaw is in line to lead the majors in ERA for the 3rd year in a row (to become the 2nd man ever to accomplish the feat, along with Greg Maddux).   Here’s how his career through 25 stacks up against the best of the last half century:

Player ERA+ IP SHO SO ERA K/9
Clayton Kershaw 143 1104.1 7 1130 2.67 9.21
Tom Seaver 141 1093.0 14 866 2.49 7.13
Roger Clemens 141 1031.1 18 985 3.05 8.60
Pedro Martinez 140 912.1 8 970 3.00 9.57
Mike Mussina 137 672.2 6 398 3.20 5.33
Johan Santana 135 624.1 1 663 3.47 9.56
Felix Hernandez 128 1388.1 4 1264 3.24 8.20
Dwight Gooden 125 1523.2 20 1391 2.82 8.22
Jim Palmer 121 1117.1 15 751 2.88 6.05
Cole Hamels 121 736.2 4 686 3.67 8.39
Steve Carlton 118 992.0 12 779 2.98 7.07
CC Sabathia 111 1165.1 4 933 3.95 7.21
Justin Verlander 110 600.0 2 477 4.11 7.16

I never thought I’d see a pitcher more dominant than Pedro at his peak in the late 90s – but Kershaw may be better…

 

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About Bill Porter

Bill is an aspiring sportswriter (attorney by day) born in Washington DC, raised in New York, and currently living in San Francisco with his wife Kirsten and two spazzy labs, Fletch and Bear. Follow me on Twitter at @wfporter1972
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