Clayton Kershaw was arguably the best pitcher in baseball this season and he was awarded the NL Cy Young as a result. Not bad for a player that isn’t even 26 yet. He is arguably the most consistent pitcher in MLB.
Kershaw posted an ERA of 1.83. His record was 16-9 and he had 232 strikeouts. Kershaw posted the lowest ERA in the league, which was also the lowest ERA in 13 years (according to ESPN).
Kershaw has now won the Cy Young two times in the last three seasons. He was the runner-up last year. He hasn’t even been in the league that long and he is currently one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball.
There aren’t many pitchers who can say that they have won two CY Young Awards before the age of 26. It’s not like these Cy Youngs grow on trees.
Kershaw’s average ERA is 2.60 and he has an overall record of 77-46.
Just try and put this into perspective. Kershaw has posted an ERA under 3.0 every year except for his rookie season. He has won 13 or more games in his last four seasons and he has thrown more than 200 strikeouts during that same span. He is the third pitcher since 1900 to lead the league in ERA for three straight seasons (according to ESPN).
To say that he has been a dominant and consistent pitcher is an understatement. It would be crazy if Kershaw kept this up. However, he is only 25 and probably hasn’t even reached his prime yet.
Two Cy Youngs at 25 is not too shabby and I am sure Kershaw will win a couple more.