In MLB and all baseball leagues, the object of the game if you’re a pitcher is to concede as few runs as possible to give the offense a chance to win.
To achieve this goal, a ton of things are needed: good things, health, command, control, balance and stamina are just a few of them.
In the specific case of Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, he has them all, and more.
Before starting Thursday’s game, the future Hall of Famer had started 383 career games with an incredible 2.48 ERA.
Pitchers dream of an ERA below 3.00, and Kershaw has made it routine.
It was an impressive run, which ultimately earned him a World Series championship in 2020 and could yet deliver many more.
When it comes to preventing runs, Kershaw has only one comparable pitcher in the game’s history.
“I wish we could induct him now. Kershaw has started 384 regular season games and in those games he has an ERA below 2.50! In the past 100 years, Tom Seaver is the only other major league pitcher to have a streak of 384 starts with an ERA below 2.50,” Codify Baseball tweeted.
I wish we could induct him now. 👑
Kershaw has started 384 regular season games and in those games he has an ERA below 2.50!
In the past 100 years, Tom Seaver is the only other major league pitcher to have a streak of 384 starts with an ERA below 2.50. 🤯 https://t.co/CmY6AenWXO
— Codify (@CodifyBaseball) June 23, 2022
Seaver and Kershaw are on a level apart
When your name comes up as a comparison to “Tom Terrific” you do things the right way and you are extremely talented.
Kershaw is one of MLB’s most prized treasures.
No caster has his combination of command and tricks.
As he gets older, things decrease a bit, but the command still improves, so he can continue to miss bats and get hits almost at will.
Before Thursday, his ERA was an incredible 2.08 in 2022.
Despite some health concerns in 2021 and 2022, he is still performing very well even at 34 years old.
The Hall of Fame is already waiting for him.