Clayton Kershaw Wins NL Cy Young
Was this any more predictable? Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has won the 2013 NL Cy Young award over some good competition in Miami Marlins young stud Jose Fernandez, who had won NL Rookie of the Year earlier in the week, and Adam Wainwright, the St. Louis Cardinals towering right hander. Had Kershaw not had the kind of season he had and did something a less extraordinary, the award in my mind would have been captured by Jose Fernandez but what are we to expect from Kershaw from here on out? Almost every major league season for Kershaw has been absolutely amazing. This is the second time Kershaw has been awarded the NL Cy Young in his career.
The Dodgers left hander owns a career win-loss record of 77-46 win an insane career ERA of 2.60 and a WHIP of 1.09. Not to mention his strikeout totals are off the charts as he has K’d a grand total of 1206 batters in 1180 career innings. The best part? Kershaw is only 25 years old and has plenty of years left barring anything unforeseen.
In 2013, Clayton Kershaw posted a new career high in innings pitched with 236 while striking out 232 batters. He had an ERA of 1.83 and a WHIP of 0.92. There was very little doubt with numbers like these and the run the Dodgers went on since June 22nd that Kershaw was not going to win the award. Clayton Kershaw is the Justin Verlander of the NL and has even surpassed Verlander for best pitcher in the game following a subpar season by Verlander levels.
It really is exciting to think of the possibility of what will occur come the time Kershaw is available for free agency. Quite obviously, Magic Johnson will do everything within his cheque book to keep Kershaw in Dodger Blue but reports during the baseball season had Kershaw turning down a $300 million+ deal. The free agent market would be absolutely insane if Kershaw was on it but I do not see him leaving the Dodgers.
The Dodgers are extremely lucky to have the 25 year old native of Dallas, Texas leading their staff and there will be many more outstanding seasons to come in the career of Clayton Kershaw. Expect the unexpected when talking about Kershaw. He can simply do it all.