On Clayton Kershaw’s Birthday, Some Evidence of His Greatness

Our friends over at the Cespedes Family BBQ tweeted about Clayton Kershaw‘s 27th birthday:

I thought I’d take a look at where he stands on a few other leaderboards. I used the same parameters as CFBBQ: starting pitchers, expansion era, minimum 1,000 innings pitched. I think I’ll just leave these screenshots with no comment, because Kershaw’s historic greatness pretty much speaks for itself. Obviously these are cherry-picked, but note that Roger Clemens is the only pitcher besides Kershaw who shows up on all six top-10 lists. (Edit: Forgot to mention, all these screenshots are, of course, from the immensely valuable Baseball Reference Play Index, which you should definitely subscribe to.)

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Fielding Independent Pitching


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Strikeout Percentage


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Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio


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WHIP (Walks-plus-Hits per Inning Pitched)


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Strikeouts per 9 Innings



Happy 27th birthday, Clayton Kershaw — you’re finally entering your prime!

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