Clayton Kershaw is the best pitcher in baseball and that’s fact. Now that sentence might be puzzling to some because the last time we watch Kershaw pitch he gave up the game winning home run to Matt Adams that would eliminate the Dodgers in the 2014 NLDS.
But prior to that mediocre performance, Kershaw was simply unhittable. Kershaw put up astronomical numbers which is why he won the National League CY Young and the National League MVP. The last time a pitcher from the National League won the CY Young and MVP was Bob Gibson in 1968!
Kershaw winning the CY Young was a given. At just 25 years of age, Kershaw has won two straight for a total of three in his career. That’s just ridiculous! Winning the NL MVP was the cherry on top of a historical season. The debate got heated towards the end of the season whether or not a pitcher should win a MVP. Did Kershaw play enough games to be considered an MVP? The baseball writers that had a vote believed that Kershaw could be the MVP, as evidenced by the overwhelming majority who voted for him. By doing so Kershaw became the 6th win 3 Cy Young awards in a 4 year span, joining Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Greg Maddux, Jim Palmer and Sandy Koufax.
It just seems right to put an end to the baseball season with Kershaw being crown the NL MVP. Every time Kershaw was pitching, I felt the Dodgers were going to win the game. It’s just a shame that 70 % of Dodger fans couldn’t watch the games on television. Luckily Dodger fans were able to watch Kershaw possibly pitch the greatest game ever without it being a perfect game because of the Hanely Ramirez error.
Kershaw put up these numbers after signing a contract for $215 million. Kershaw got the money and delivered one of the greatest seasons in baseball history. He showed why he deserved every penny of that contract. It’s great thing to see a player perform according to expectations after getting a big payday.
I know it’s difficult to erase from your memory what happen in the postseason, but it should not diminish what Kershaw did during the regular season. He led all of baseball in Wins with 21, Wins Above Replacement (WAR) 8.0, Earned Runs 1.77, Walks and Hits Per IP 0.857, Strikeouts Per 9 IP 10.85. Numbers don’t lie.
Congratulations to the 2014 National League CY Young and National League MVP Clayton Kershaw. What a historic season. We were all witnesses. Well done.