I can’t remember the last time the Cy Young was this clear cut in both leagues. In fact, this is the first time since 1924 that there was an AL and NL triple crown winner in the same season. There has been true dominance on the mound in this newly anointed with greater numbers of perfect games and no-hitters and now this. We eluded to Kershaw in our posting for the NL MVP when we gave the honors to Dodgers teammate, Matt Kemp. It is truly baffling how the Dodgers were this bad with two players of such a high caliber. Both players would be high-impact guys on any of the eight playoff teams, but instead are sitting at home hoping their paychecks won’t bounce and that Bud Selig will allow Mark Cuban to buy the Dodgers.
Oh yeah, his numbers. Trust me they’re good. A league (AL and NL) lowest ERA at 2.28, the second highest strike out total (second only to Verlander) with 248 and 21 wins tied him with the Diamondbacks’ Ian Kennedy for the best in the NL. Sure you could consider Kennedy, but he didn’t finish in the top five in any of the other categories, and possibly Roy Halliday or Cliff Lee, but nobody put together a better year than Clayton Kershaw.
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