Imagine you are starting your career in MLB as a starting pitcher.
You surely would give your right arm to end the season with a 2.48 ERA as a regular member of the rotation, wouldn’t you?
Well, Los Angeles Dodgers star Clayton Kershaw has a 2.48 ERA… for his career.
Nobody doubts that he will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer when he decides to hang up his cleats and call it a career.
That career ERA is the lowest for any pitcher in the American or National League with a minimum of 200 starts in the live ball era.
In case you don’t know, the live ball era started in the 1920s.
“Tonight’s starting NL pitcher, Clayton Kershaw, has the lowest career ERA of any AL/NL pitcher with at least 200 starts in the Live-Ball Era,” Stathead tweeted.
Tonight's starting NL pitcher, Clayton Kershaw, has the lowest career ERA of any AL/NL pitcher with at least 200 starts in the Live-Ball Era: https://t.co/UpAA3zcKFx@Dodgers | #AllStarGame pic.twitter.com/aHkEROyZuv
— Stathead (@Stathead) July 19, 2022
It’s amazing to see him lead that impressive graph, among Hall of Famers and some of the best pitchers ever to hop on a major league mound.
There Is A Sizable Gap Between Kershaw And The Rest Of The Pack
But the most jaw-dropping development is how much better he is than the competition.
We are witnessing a true era of greatness by a truly special pitcher.
Kershaw has been dominating ever since making his MLB debut in 2008.
He has won multiple Cy Young awards, and even an MVP award in 2014.
But above all his achievements is the World Series title he earned with the Dodgers in 2020.
After years of being pointed out and considered a playoff failure, winning the ring put a special taste in his mouth.
With a 2.13 ERA in 71.2 innings, he earned his NL All-Star starter designation.
Tonight, it’s time to see him try to dominate a star-studded lineup.