10-0, 0.94 ERA, 8 BB, 104 K, 5 Complete Games, 2 Shutouts, 1 No-Hitter.
Those are Clayton Kershaw‘s statistics since June 1st. Just take a moment to let that hit you. Should we just retire #22 now?
There is no debate when it comes to who is the best pitcher in Major League Baseball. There is no argument. There’s a reason the Dodgers management is so confident about their current pitching staff and decided against making a bold move for David Price or Jon Lester that would have risked the future of the franchise. It’s because they have number 22 running out to the mound every fifth day. Quite simply, he is the franchise.
Want to know how dominant Kershaw has been. Let this tweet flow over you:
— Jonathan C. Mitchell (@FigureFilbert) July 27, 2014
Or this one:
Clayton Kershaw has only allowed a run in 4 of his last 70 innings pitched. His ERA since June 18? 0.68.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 1, 2014
Clayton Kershaw has 5 CG. No major league team (except #Dodgers) has more than 5 CG.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) August 1, 2014
Ok, you get the point. The man is absolutely on fire. No Dodger pitcher has been this on fire since one Orel Hershiser in 1988. If you remember, that also happens tot be the last time the Dodgers won the World Series.
But that’s a few months away. Let’s talk about the here and now. The Dodgers, with Clayton Kershaw leading the charge, have won their past six games with sweeps against the San Francisco Giants and Atlanta Braves. Matt Kemp is swinging the bat, Yasiel Puig is doing Bat Flip things, and the rest of the pitching staff has held up it’s end of the bargain.
Oh, and if you didn’t believe that Kershaw is the leader of the organization think of this: The Dodgers had lost two straight games to the Cardinals before Kershaw plunked Matt Holliday to send a message to the Cardinals and to the league that the Dodgers were not to be messed with. Since that messaged was relayed, the Dodgers are 8-2.
Not only is he the best player on the team, he is the unquestioned leader of the organization. Oh, one more thing: He’s the best played in baseball. Enough said.