— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 3, 2017
Kershaw started his career in 2008 with the Los Angeles Dodgers at the age of 20 when recorded 100 strikeouts that year. Since his rookie year, the Dodger’s Ace has gone on to record over 200 strikes in six times in his 10-year career and recorded a career-best 301 strikeouts in 2015.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 3, 2017
While this season headlines have revolved around rookie phenom Cody Bellinger, who was just named National League Rookie of the Month, this milestone allows us to take a step back and appreciate the greatness that is Clayton Kershaw.Embed from Getty Images
Kershaw greatness has become expected by fans, which has led to his under appreciation. Many fans expect complete dominance in every start and when it doesn’t happen they grow frustrated. In an article written by Buster Olney on ESPN.com Olney talks about how if Kershaw retired today “he would be eligible for election into baseball’s Hall of Fame.”
Olney points out that Kershaw ERA+ and WHIP are two statistics that prove his greatness. Kershaw has the best ERA+, which normalizes ERA by accounting for external factors like ballparks and opponents, of any starting pitcher in baseball history. Also, Kershaw has a career 0.9996 WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched), which is second lowest of all time.Embed from Getty Images
Kershaw’s 2,000 strikeout is just another statistic that proves that we are witnessing one of the greatest pitchers of all time, so appreciate him while you can.