Clayton Kershaw has been one of the most consistently-great pitchers, or even athletes, of the 21st Century. With a career 2.49 ERA and .694 win percentage, Kershaw is a three-time NL Cy Young award winner, a nine-time All-Star, the 2014 NL MVP and a World Champion, among many other accolades.
Even at 35-years-old, Kershaw is continuing to prove that his dominance knows no limits. In 16 starts this season, Kershaw boasts a 2.55 ERA, a 4.4 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and 1.05 WHIP. His win Tuesday against the Rockies, in which he delivered a six-inning, one-hit performance, made him the NL’s first pitcher to reach 10 wins this season.
Kershaw is among the favorites to win the NL Cy Young award. Currently, only Diamondbacks’ ace Zac Gallen is favored above Kershaw to win the award. Columnist Bob Nightengale hinted at Kershaw’s longevity, noting that nine years would separate the longtime Dodgers’ third Cy Young award with his fourth.
Clayton Kershaw won his third Cy Young award in 2014.
He could be winning his fourth Cy Young in 2023.
The man is the National League's first 10-game winner, 10-4 with a 2.55 ERA, after giving up just 1 hit in six shutout innings tonight in the #Dodgers' 5-0 win over Colorado— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) June 28, 2023
At Coors Field, where he historically struggles, Tuesday saw one of Kershaw’s best performances in Denver.
Clayton Kershaw entered this start with a 4.82 ERA in 155 career innings at Coors Field. His final line today:— Noah Camras (@noahcamras) June 28, 2023
6 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
He told Dave Roberts he was done as he came off the field after the sixth inning. What a great performance in a tough ballpark to pitch at.
Should Kershaw win his fourth Cy Young, he would join the ranks of baseball’s elites. Only four pitchers have won more than three Cy Young awards, with Roger Clemens’ seven seeming an untouchable record at this point.
If Kershaw continues to have such a strong season, he could bolster his status as one of the greatest pitchers to ever step on the mound.
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