Clayton Kershaw: Leader in the Cy Young Race

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Clayton Kershaw: Leader in the Cy Young Race
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Clayton Kershaw pitched into the eighth yesterday, allowing just 1 run on 6 hits, while striking out 6. It was his 20th victory of the season, and his fifth against the hated San Francisco Giants, who lost for the first time in over a week.

The 23-year-old southpaw now shares the National League lead in wins (with Arizona's Ian Kennedy), in addition to leading the league in strikeouts and ERA. 

WAR

6.7

3rd

IP

226

3rd

WHIP

0.987

2nd

ERA+

163

2nd

H/9

6.77

1st

BB/9

2.11

10th

K/9

9.637

2nd


HR/9

0.558

6th

 

The margin between the top three pitchers in the National League (Kershaw, Roy Halladay, and Cliff Lee) appears to be pretty much negligible, so the final 1-2 starts of the year could definitely have a major sway.

But, Kershaw certainly has the edge, in large part because of his triple crown. Since the invention of the Cy Young award there have been eleven players who have won the pitcher’s triple crown, and all eleven times the pitcher has won the award—with ten of those votes being unanimous. The most recent winner was Jake Peavy in 2007, who won 19 games with a 2.54 ERA and 240 strikeouts.

I’m inclined to side with Kershaw because of what he has done against good teams —18 starts, 12-3 record and a 1.93 ERA. By comparison, Halladay has made just 10 starts against such teams and he has a .500 record and a 3.08 ERA.

If the season ended today, I would be inclined to vote:

1.) Kershaw

2.) Lee

3.) Halladay

4.) Kennedy

5.) Hamels

Then again, with a race this close involving gentlemen who throw 30-35 starts, a single start could tip the balance in a different direction. 

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