Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Kershaw to the Rescue, Dodger Southpaw Surpasses 1,000 Innings Pitched Tonight
It’s always a relief to have your ace toeing the rubber every fifth game. In the case of the Dodgers, no matter how bad the team is, you know that Kershaw gives them a pretty good chance at victory, no matter who the opponent is.
Today after retiring his first out of the game, Clayton will have completed 1,000 innings pitched of major league ball. I addressed this two starts ago, but Clayton ranks in the top ten in major league history in K/9IP, WHIP, strikeouts, and WAR. Link to April 28th post HERE
All modern sabermetric stats used to measure a pitchers effectiveness far beyond what a Win/Loss record and ERA can do.
I have a sneaking feeling that we as Dodger fans will learn to appreciate Clayton this year more than ever. As much as the Dodgers have locked up some of the young position players to long term deals, it’s time for them to lock up the best pitcher they’ve had in the organization since Koufax and Drysdale.
As I write this piece, Clayton just recorded his first out of the game, a strikeout. That’s 1,031 strikeouts in 1,000 innings pitched. What an amazing pitcher the Dodgers have in this left hander. And he's an extraordinary human being as well. As Tommy so aptly put it a few years back, "To the T.V.!!!"