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JPT: The Miracle of Kershaw

8 Responses to JPT: The Miracle of Kershaw

  1. moviegoer74 says:

    1994 Bret Saberhagen is perhaps the closest comp to Kershaw for amazing stuff, lots of Ks and no walks. In 177 innings before the strike ended the season, Sabes struck out 143, while walking just 13.

  2. Bryan says:

    In the last 100 years, in their first 268 games (Kershaw’s current number of games), the most games of 7+ IP, 0-1 BB and at least 1 K per IP:
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    61 – Clayton Kershaw
    49 – Pedro Martinez, Cole Hamels
    47 – David Price (253 games)
    46 – Roger Clemens
    44 – Johan Santana, Felix Hernandez
    42 – Max Scherzer
    41 – Madison Bumgarner (220 games)
    39 – Chris Sale (230 games, 150 starts)
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    Sale has done it every 3.8 starts, Kershaw every 4.3 starts.
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    Information provided by Baseball-Reference.com Play Index.

    • mIKEn says:

      Is that the whole list or just the more recent guys?

      • Bryan says:

        Whole list, strike out per inning for a starter wipes out pretty much everyone up until Nolan, Nolan walks too many. If you make it half a strike out per inning and still first 268 games, 7+ innings and 0-1 Walks:
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        98 – Juan Marichal
        89 – Clayton Kershaw
        82 – James Shields
        81 – Cole Hamels
        80 – Fergie Jenkins
        78 – Mike Mussina
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        7+ innings with 0-1 walks in first 268 games in the last 100 years:
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        119 – Juan Marichal, 796 K or 6.7 per game
        104 – Robin Roberts, 443 K or 4.3 per game
        99 – Mike Mussina, 586 K or 5.9 per game
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        Saberhagen and Kershaw are tied for 12th with 93 games, Saberhagen averages 5.3 K in those games, Kershaw 8.6.

  3. KHAZAD says:

    On Riley Pint – His stuff is tantalizing. 3 plus pitches right now. But the control for many of these guys right out of high school, playing (no offense intended) against subpar competition compared to some areas of the country, is usually control.

    This guy’s stuff so outclassed his competition that he never really had to have pinpoint control. This is pretty common for players this good, this early. The two things to watch with a player of his talent is an improvement in control (and it happens year over year, not game over game) and whether his arm holds up, injury wise.

    It is so hard to know whether a player can stay healthy and whether he will develop control. If he does, his ceiling is being a major league ace starter. That is why he was such a high pick. But in baseball, so many things can go wrong in between drafting and arriving that first rounds in the past are absolutely littered with players who never made it.

    I watched Riley pitch in high school, and have had conversations about him with my neighbor (who is the midwest scout for a major league team) and will be watching his development with interest.

  4. Rob Smith says:

    As long as you don’t place a ton of emphasis on Career Wins, if Kershaw never pitched another game, he’s already a HOFer. 3 CYs, two seconds and a third. Plus his ERA, FIP, WAR, ERA+, WHIP are all phenomenal. His postseason is a bit of a stain, but he doesn’t need postseason success to prop up his career. I think Greg Maddux may be somewhat undervalued for his postseason efforts… he played for a team that didn’t score a lot of runs & he lost some games he should have won if his team backed him up with some runs. The point is, people don’t think Maddux was a good postseason pitcher. But it was irrelevant to how people voted on his induction.

    • Patrick says:

      Kershaw’s a lock for the Hall, barring some sort of Tim Lincecum-like crash. Lincecum actually *lost* 4.3 over the last five seasons of his career.

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