It is truly a shame that the Dodgers are wasting Clayton Kershaw’s unique talent and another epic campaign by surrounding him with the mediocrity that they have placed around him. Kershaw is having another magnificent season and this may be his greatest one yet.
He’s struck out 10 or more batters in six consecutive starts. So far he has whiffed 88 and walked only 4 while posting an incredible 1.67 ERA over 70 innings pitched. Not only is he striking guys out at a record pace, but he is not walking anyone. When opposing hitters do make contact, it’s weak contact. Kershaw has allowed 5.8 hits per nine innings.
Our friends over at Numberfire.com recently took an in depth look behind the numbers at Kershaw’s incredible start to the 2016 season. Austan Kas uses a variety of advanced metrics to compare Kershaw to some of the greatest pitching performances over the last 20 years. Not surprisingly Kershaw ranks at the top.
It’s hard to believe that Kershaw could be getting even better than he already is. It is very possible if not likely that he could bring home his fourth Cy Young award this season. It’s too bad he doesn’t have any help behind him.