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Clayton Kershaw shuts down Marlins, lowers ERA to 1.72

Aug 22, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

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Clayton Kershaw did what you’d expect him to do against the lowly Marlins this afternoon, tossing eight shutout innings versus a lineup featuring two guys slugging above .385.

In doing so Kershaw lowered his ERA to 1.72, which would be the fourth-lowest among all pitchers with 150 or more innings since the mound was lowered in 1969:

Dwight Gooden     1985     1.53
Greg Maddux       1994     1.56
Greg Maddux       1995     1.63
CLAYTON KERSHAW   2013     1.72
Pedro Martinez    2000     1.74
Ron Guidry        1978     1.74

Also of note: Dating back to 1969 the only left-handed pitchers with 150-plus innings and a sub-2.00 ERA are Ron Guidry, Vida Blue, Wilbur Wood, John Tudor, and Steve Carlton. This is the third straight season in which Kershaw has led the National League in ERA and his career mark of 2.61 is the lowest of any starting pitcher in the post-1969 era.

  1. aceshigh11 - Aug 22, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Kershaw is scary-good. What a pitcher.

    • yahmule - Aug 22, 2013 at 4:56 PM

      He is an amazing competitor and an ace in every sense of the word. He sets such a high standard for himself.

  2. lanflfan - Aug 22, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Plus he had an RBI single.

    And I would like to take this time to again say THANK YOU to $cott bora$ for having Luke Hochevar hold out and not sign, thus giving LA a compensation pick the following year that turned into Clayton Kershaw.

    • yahmule - Aug 22, 2013 at 5:23 PM

      Eight RBI on the season for Clayton. He considers himself the best hitting pitcher on the Dodgers, but Grienke is batting .333 this year with an OPS of .790.

      :~)

      • lanflfan - Aug 22, 2013 at 5:45 PM

        My favorite one of those eight RBI was Clayton going yard on Opening Day against the (now last place and 18.5 game back) giants.

    • duskrequiem - Aug 23, 2013 at 1:01 AM

      This is half right. Kershaw wasn’t the selection made with the comp pick, but the Hochevar hold-out after the 2005 draft did come into play. What happened with Hochevar was that he re-entered the draft in 2006, and the Royals took him with their first overall pick, sliding all the draftees one spot down the line. The Tigers were expected to take Kershaw before that happened, but went with Andrew Miller instead. And the rest is Dodger history in the making.

  3. yahmule - Aug 22, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    He wasn’t even really that sharp today. It was a humid afternoon and he was having trouble locating his fastball early. He was up to 54 pitches through three innings. Eight scoreless innings on the road without his best stuff. I think he should be the front runner for NL MVP at this point.

  4. El Bravo - Aug 22, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Greg F@cking Maddux B!tches!

  5. yahmule - Aug 22, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Clayton Kershaw has the lowest career ERA of any pitcher with over 100 starts and 1000 IP, since 1920.

    This is a truly special player.

    • yahmule - Aug 22, 2013 at 5:15 PM

      The awesome folks @ Baseball Reference haven’t updated his stats yet, but his eight shutout innings today move Kershaw to 56th on the career ERA list, vaulting him past Fred Glade, Cherokee Fisher and Bob Rhoads.

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/leaders/earned_run_avg_career.shtml

      Take a good look at that list. The only active player above Kershaw is Mariano Rivera. Many of the pitchers ahead of Clayton on this list wrapped up their careers over 100 years ago.

  6. braddavery - Aug 22, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Best pitcher on the planet…

    • yahmule - Aug 22, 2013 at 5:16 PM

      Best pitcher on all eight planets.

      • braddavery - Aug 22, 2013 at 5:20 PM

        lol That we know of…

      • El Bravo - Aug 22, 2013 at 5:32 PM

        F@ck you guys, I’m goin’ home.

        – Former planet Pluto

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 22, 2013 at 5:57 PM

        Don’t get mad just because you’re small, Pluto.

        Some women PREFER dwarf planets.

        You just gotta try harder.

  7. beefytrout - Aug 22, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    I always forget how great Greg Maddux was.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 22, 2013 at 11:24 PM

      Check out his 7 consecutive yr stretch of stats from 1992 to 1998…

      His ERA;s were as follows:

      92 2.18
      93 2.36
      94 1.56
      95 1.63
      96 2.72
      97 2.20
      98 2.22

      He won 15 or more games for 17 consecutive seasons and then “only” won 13 and then won 15 the next season and only 14 the season after that… He was really close to winning 15 or more games for 20 consecutive yrs…

      His career stats are here…

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/maddugr01.shtml

      • yahmule - Aug 23, 2013 at 11:10 AM

        The best pitcher of his era.

  8. braddavery - Aug 22, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    He’s one win away from leading all N.L. pitching Triple Crown categories, which if he ends up with at the end of the season, will be his SECOND. The only pitchers in baseball HISTORY with two or more are Grover Cleveland Alexander, Roger Clemens, Lefty Gomez, Lefty Grove, Walter Johnson, Sandy Koufax and Christy Mathewson. Other than Clemens, all are ALL-TIME great Hall of Famers. Some pretty solid company, to say the very least…

  9. erbaodai - Aug 22, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    2013 NL MVP, NLCS MVP and World Series MVP Clayton Kershaw.

    • El Bravo - Aug 22, 2013 at 5:35 PM

      Did he get traded to the Braves?

      • aceshigh11 - Aug 22, 2013 at 5:37 PM

        Zing!

      • erbaodai - Aug 22, 2013 at 5:49 PM

        Nah, forget it, he’s a career Dodger.

      • dannymac17 - Aug 22, 2013 at 6:33 PM

        Cant wait to see the Braves fans muster up excuses when they flame out like they always do.

      • dannymac17 - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:43 PM

        Hey, how did the braves do btw?

  10. dannymac17 - Aug 22, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    If he keeps this up, he might end up being the best pitcher in the last 50+ years. Hes THAT good. And hes THAT young. These other great pitchers are well into their 30’s and when they were Kershaws age couldn’t hold this kids jockstrap. I am serious when I say this kid will have his number retired in Chavez Ravine.

    I dont know what else to say, even when hes average, he still out classes everyone. If Dickey didnt have the year he had last year, we could be talking 3 straight Cy Youngs. Amazing.

    • erbaodai - Aug 22, 2013 at 6:27 PM

      To this day I still felt Kershaw got robbed last year.

      • dannymac17 - Aug 22, 2013 at 6:32 PM

        I want to agree but Dickey was just as good. I am sure Kershaw would rather have a winning team than a Cy Young. This year he will get both. And if drops that ERA any lower, might end up with the MVP as well.

      • erbaodai - Aug 22, 2013 at 6:41 PM

        Kershaw had better ERA, park-adjusted ERA and peripherals than Dickey. All Dickey has is 20 Wins, and the eastern media on his nuts.

        Kershaw and Dickey were basically Felix Hernandez and David Price in 2010, except this time voters got so hooked up in Wins that they picked the wrong man.

      • dannymac17 - Aug 22, 2013 at 6:43 PM

        I hear ya man. I am just appreciative of being able to witness greatness. When he drops the hammer, I am usually in complete awe.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 22, 2013 at 10:58 PM

      If he keeps this up, he might end up being the best pitcher in the last 50+ years. Hes THAT good. And hes THAT young. These other great pitchers are well into their 30′s and when they were Kershaws age couldn’t hold this kids jockstrap

      Wait, are you trying to say Kershaw is the best pitcher of the last 50 years and better than all the pitchers listed in the article?

      • dannymac17 - Aug 23, 2013 at 9:01 AM

        really? talk about reaching.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 23, 2013 at 9:15 AM

        I copied what you wrote. So do you not think he might end up being the best pitcher of the last 50+ years? And clarify who you were referring to when you said these other great pitchers are well into their 30s. Are you talking about great pitchers now, or the pitchers in the chart from the post?

  11. elwaysagenius - Aug 22, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Can he have the AL Cy Young too

  12. detroitmike0 - Aug 22, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    I got one word for you…. MVP

  13. sportsfan18 - Aug 22, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    The Dodgers were trying to work out an extension with him this spring…

    The money it will take to sign him just keeps going higher and higher…

    I mean with his age, his production, who wouldn’t take him?

  14. indaburg - Aug 22, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    A few months ago, I remember Calcaterra asked the question Yu or Verlander: http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/05/06/hbt-daily-verlander-or-darvish/.

    I said neither. Bring me Kershaw.

  15. icanspeel - Aug 23, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    He is amazing as long as he doesn’t face the Padres or Cardinals..

    vs. SD 0-3 4.67 ERA with 5 HR given up and .292 BAA
    vs STL 0-2 4.15 ERA

    • yahmule - Aug 23, 2013 at 11:13 AM

      Why down thumb this? I think it adds context to an amazing story.

  16. CyclePower - Aug 23, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    He’s on PEDs. ….I mean, we can never really know for sure. It’s so prevalent. Probably everyone is. The only way to really claim an achievement is real is through evidence, i.e…testing, but even with that, we’ll never know.

    lol….Hey, that’s not my logic. I’m just kind of repeating the arguments that have circulated here.

    sincerely,

    Ken Griffey Jr.

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