Is the Dodgers No. 1 possible?
Clayton Kershaw (35, Los Angeles Dodgers) has only one win left in his career of 200 wins. On the 13th (hereinafter Korean time), he started in an away game against the San Francisco Giants in the 2023 Major League Baseball held at Oracle Park in San Francisco, California, USA, won 2 wins of the season with 5 hits, 4 strikeouts, 2 runs and 3 runs (2 earned) in 6 innings.
Kershaw recently signed a one-year contract with the Dodgers each offseason. He signed a contract of 17 million dollars a year in the 2021-2022 free agent market and 20 million dollars a year (approximately 26.2 billion won) in the 2022-2023 free agent market. In the 2022 season, in 22 games, he recorded an average ERA of 2.28, 12 wins and 3 losses, and a WHIP of 0.94 in 126⅓ innings, winning a better contract than the previous winter.먹튀검증
From now on, health is the biggest issue. After digesting 232⅔ innings in the 2015 season, he has not exceeded 180 innings in a single season. He exceeded 170 innings only in the 2017 season (175 innings) and 2019 season (178⅓ innings). He’s a veteran, but he’s not even very old. Nevertheless, the Dodgers treat Kershaw coldly.
Still, if he’s healthy, Kershaw is still a reliable pitcher. In the first inning, Darin Ruff from Samsung Lions in the KBO League hit a 1-run double, and in the 2nd inning, he gave up 1 RBI to Wilmer Flores. However, after that, he went through 6 innings without conceding any more runs. His fastball was only in the 92 mph range, but he used his slider and curveball effectively. He established a quality start by increasing the proportion of his breaking ball.
The Los Angeles Dodgers beat San Francisco 10-5 with Max Muncy’s 4 RBIs including a home run. The attention of the LA media was focused on Muncy, but it was a meaningful match for Kershaw. With 2 wins in the season, he broke through 199 wins in his personal career.
In other words, he will challenge for 200 wins in his personal career in the next appearance. Don Sutton (233 wins) and Don Drysdale (209 wins) are the only pitchers who have achieved 200 wins in Dodgers history. Sutton is right-handed orthodox, Drysdale is a sidearm. Kershaw is already the best left-hander and legend in Dodgers history.
Kershaw has the potential to overtake Drysdale by over 200 wins this year. He only needs to add 10 wins from now. Once you get past Drysdale, you’ll be looking at Sutton’s 233 wins. To look up to Sutton, the key is, of course, health and FA.
When healthy, Kershaw is still Kershaw. Even if he is not as overwhelming as he used to be, he is trustworthy and trustworthy in the starting position. In the end, another key question is whether he can sign a contract with the Dodgers in the upcoming free agent market. Recently, Kershaw has been rumored to transfer to his hometown team, the Texas Rangers, every offseason. If Kershaw leaves the Dodgers, the challenge for the No.