1. Clayton Kershaw
Well, duh. Clayton Kershaw would be the ace in every single pitching rotation in the MLB in 2018. There are only two guys on Kershaw’s level — Max Scherzer and Corey Kluber — and they are still behind. Scherzer is the closest to challenging Kershaw for the best pitching on the planet title, and for some, has already surpassed the southpaw.
Regardless, the Dodgers are in great hands with Clayton Kershaw leading the way. With Kershaw holding a player option after this season, a banner performance and fourth Cy Young may be in the cards to ensure a massive payday and the title of lifetime Dodger. Even though he will regress late in his career, Kershaw has earned that right from the Dodgers.
Although he may be at the tail end of his prime, Kershaw is still nothing short of dominant. Injuries the last two seasons have prevented Kershaw from Cy Young number four and five. However, his time on the mound was nothing short of legendary.
In 27 games pitched Kershaw threw for a 2.31 ERA while striking out 202 batters. The season prior, in 21 games pitched, Kershaw owned a 1.69 ERA and a 15.6 strikeout to walk ratio.
Clayton Kershaw is still incredible, he is still the ace of this staff and hopefully, the Dodgers can finally bring him that World Series ring he deserves.