We all know Clayton Kershaw is the best pitcher on this planet, but how does his 2014 season stack up to his previous Cy Young award winning seasons?
Kershaw went 21-3 to post a 87.5 winning percentage. What’s even more impressive is that in the games Kershaw started, the LA Dodgers' winning percentage was 85.2. In the games he didn’t start? .526. Yes, he underperformed in the postseason, but without him the Dodgers would struggle to even make the playoffs. He had a quality start in 89% of his starts (QS = 6 or more innings allowing 3 runs or less), consistently giving his team a chance to win. He threw a career-high 6 complete games, including his 15-strikeout, 0-walk, no-hitter masterpiece on June 15th. Incredibly, the Dodgers ace struck out a career best 10.8 batters per 9 innings while lowering his walks per 9 innings to 1.4, also the best of his career! An unbelievable feat when you’re already considered the best pitcher in baseball, and following last year’s Cy Young award season.
Continuing the trend, Kershaw had a career-low 1.77 ERA and .857 WHIP. He received a massive 7-year, $215-million contract last offseason and proceeded to exceed even the highest expectations. This leads us to a scary question: at 26 and just reaching his prime, have we seen Clayton Kershaw’s best season yet?