Kershaw has been so good fo so long, it seemed like Dodger fans were disappointed last year when he posted a 3.03 ERA. (Good for 7th in the NL) Or forgot he has a curveball that drops 68 inches.
He was still 8th in Cy Young voting during his age 31 campaign. That’s right, he’s still only 32 this year. He’s only a few months older than back to back Cy Young winner Jacob Degrom. He’s 3 years younger than Scherzer, who was a back to back Cy Young winner during his age-31 and 32 seasons.
Kershaw is far from done, but it’s still fun to look at how arguably the best pitcher of our time compiled his first 65+ WAR.
He has 2,274.2 IP not including spring training, or the postseason. He’s struck out batters 2,464 time. His WHIP is a 1.01. He’s 169-74 with a 2.44 ERA. Good for 34th all time. Degrom is the next best active pitcher with a 2.62 ERA for 56th all time.
He led the league in strikeouts 3x in 2011, ’13, and ’15. Led the league in ERA 5x so far in 2011-14, and again in ’17. He led in WHIP 4x in 2011-14. He also led in BAA 2x in ’09 and and ’11.
It’s honestly just easier to break it down by year
2011- NL Cy Young, All Star, Gold Glove, and the Warren Spahn Award
2012- 2x Cy Young Finalist, 2x All Star, Roberto Clemente Award
2013- 2x Cy Young, 3x All Star, 2x Spahn Award
2014- MVP, 3x Cy Young, 4x All Star, 3x Spahn Award
2015- 5x Cy Young Finalist, 5x All Star
2016- 6x All Star
2017- 6x Cy Young Finalist, 7x All Star, 4x Spahn Award
2019- 8x All Star
The only thing he hasn’t won out of the (individual & regular season) major awards is a silver slugger. And to be honest, we’re not counting him out.