21 – 3 is as good as it has ever been

2014 Kershaw celebration

Clayton Kershaw put his final stamp on what was possibly one of the greatest Dodger regular season pitched performances ever, but that is a story for a another day.

As has been my trend since Clayton was 18 – 3, we have been tracking his incredible winning %. Going 21 – 3 has put Clayton on the top of the LA Dodger winning percentage leader-board for starting pitchers with at least  10 starts.

Player            W-L% GS Year  W L    IP BB  SO  ERA ERA+
Clayton Kershaw   .875 27 2014 21 3 198.1 31 239 1.77  197
Orel Hershiser    .864 34 1985 19 3 239.2 68 157 2.03  171
Sandy Koufax      .833 40 1963 25 5 311.0 58 306 1.88  159
Tommy John        .813 22 1974 13 3 153.0 42  78 2.59  132
Clayton Kershaw   .808 33 2011 21 5 233.1 54 248 2.28  161
Brad Penny        .800 33 2007 16 4 208.0 73 135 3.03  147
Rick Rhoden       .800 26 1976 12 3 181.0 53  77 2.98  113

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 9/25/2014.
What I love even more is the Dodger winning % in games he started. Clayton was only able to start 27 games because he missed a month, but the team still won 23 of his 27 starts. The Dodgers only lost one Kershaw start after May 28th. One.  And that one loss was a complete game 2 – 3 decision.

So

27 starts

23 team victories

21 Kershaw victories

Only one thing stands between Clayton Kershaw the greatest regular season pitcher of the 21st century and legend.

A world series

Make it happen

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