Clayton Kershaw as the National League MVP — the numbers don’t lie

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Here is the case to be made for Kershaw and how he ranks among his National League peers. Stats below are limited to the 44 qualifying National League pitchers who have averaged at least one inning pitched for every game his team has played.WINS19 – Kershaw18 – Johnny Cueto (Cincinnati)/Adam Wainwright (St. Louis)11.27 – National League average Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw looks to be a shoo-in for his third National League Cy Young Award. However, unlike last season when the southpaw won the Cy Young Award and placed sixth in the NL Most Valuable Player Award voting, the 26-year-old appears to be a serious NL MVP candidate.In 19 starts since June 2, Kershaw has gone 16-1 with a miniscule 1.26 earned-run average. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, since 1913 — the first year earned runs were tracked in both major leagues — the only pitcher with a stretch of 19 starts within one season in which he recorded at least 16 wins with no more than one loss with an ERA as low as Kershaw’s is the St. Louis legend Bob Gibson,The Cardinals right-hander went 17-1 with a 0.72 ERA over a 19-start span from June 2 through Sept. 2, 1968.Which is fitting considering the last pitcher to win an NL MVP was Gibson in 1968, when he finished 22-9 with a 1.12 ERA.center_img WIN-LOSS PCT..863 – Kershaw (19-3).706 – Jordan Zimmermann (Washington, 12-5).527 – National League averageERA (Earned-Run Average)1.70 – Kershaw2.15 – Johnny Cueto (Cincinnati)3.53 – National League averageWHIP (Walks plus Hits divided by Innings Pitched)0.83 – Kershaw0.96 – Johnny Cueto (Cincinnati)1.24 – National League averageCOMPLETE GAMES6 – Kershaw4 – 4 players tied0.98 – National League averageSTRIKEOUT-TO-WALK RATIO7.82 – Kershaw6.00 – Jordan Zimmermann (Washington)3.16 – National League averageSTRIKEOUTS PER NINE INNINGS10.63 – Kershaw10.25 – Stephen Strasburg (Washington)7.40 – National League averageAnd for the more advanced pitching statistics, we offer Kershaw and his top competition in the National League:FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching)(Measures pitcher’s effectiveness at preventing HR, BB, HBP and causing strikeouts)1.86 – Kershaw2.61 – Hyun-Jin Ryu (Dodgers)2.77 – Jordan Zimmermann (Washington)ERA+(adjusted to the player’s ballpark)210 – Kershaw168 – Johnny Cueto (Cincinnati)147 – Cole Hamels (Philadelphia)WAR (Wins Above Replacement)(Number of wins the player added to the team above what a replacement player would add)8.0 – Kershaw6.5 – Jason Heyward (Atlanta)6.4 – Johnny Cueto (Cincinnati)WPA (Win Probability Added)(Given average teams, this is the change in probability; a change of +/- 1 would indicate one win added or lost)5.2 – Kershaw4.3 – Johnny Cueto (Cincinnati)3.7 – Adam Wainwright (St. Louis)SITUATIONAL WINS SAVED(Sum of WPA divided by the leverage index for each play)5.3 – Kershaw3.9 – Adam Wainwright (St. Louis)3.9 – Johnny Cueto (Cincinnati)last_img

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