2019 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Clayton Kershaw
Colby Conway dives into the data to tell fantasy baseball owners what they can expect from the Dodgers starting pitcher during the 2019 MLB season.
No one would argue with you if you said that Clayton Kershaw was arguably the greatest pitcher to date of the 21st century, or perhaps that some of us have seen in our lifetime. He’s won 14 or more games in six of the past eight years, posting a sub-3.00 ERA in each of those seasons. In fact, Kershaw has just one season (2008) above a 2.91 ERA. The southpaw boasts a nasty 12-to-6 curveball, a sneaky good fastball and an incredibly effective slider that is arguably his best pitch. While we could go on and on about his accolades and prowess on the mount since the start of the 2009 season, his fantasy outlook for 2019 just might be the lowest it’s been in the past decade.
Kershaw is no longer the best starting pitcher in the fantasy game and by no means is he the clear-cut No. 1 player at his position. He has thrown 180 or more innings just once in the past five seasons. After posting a. 11.64 K/9 in 2015, that mark dropped down to 8.65 last season.
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