Dominant left-handed starters are a rare breed in baseball. Because of that, they make the big bucks. But coming into the 2012 season, the unquestioned King of Southpaws was Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The reigning NL Cy Young and pitching Triple Crown winner absolutely blew out the competition last year. Unfortunately for Dodgers fans, he's come back to Earth a little bit through the first three months of the season.
Whether it be flawed mechanics, the nagging plantar fasciitis in his left foot, or that batters have simply begun to figure him out, Kershaw has not been himself this season.
His numbers are still fine, but they aren't dominant like they have been in the past. So, with guys like Chris Sale breaking onto the big-league scene, and old faithfuls like David Price and Cole Hamels still blowing people away, the question must be asked...
...is Kershaw, the guy some people compared to Sandy Koufax in 2011, still the top lefty in all of baseball?