“We are really lucky to have seen Clayton Kershaw (35, LA Dodgers).”
Sarah Lang, a statistician at MLB.com in the US Major League, said while watching Kershaw achieve 200 career wins.
Kershaw took the mound as a starting pitcher in the 2023 Major League home game against the New York Mets held at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, USA on the 19th (Korean time) and won 3 wins (1 loss) in the season with 7 innings, 3 hits, 9 strikeouts and no runs. Achieved the 200th win.
Kershaw, who joined the Los Angeles Dodgers with the 안전놀이터7th overall pick in the 1st round of the 2006 rookie draft, debuted in 2008. On July 28, 2008, in his 10th game, he won his first major league win against the Washington Nationals, and on that day, 16 years later, he stepped on the 200-win mark. His career record was 200 wins, 88 losses in 405 games, an earned run average of 2.48, and 2833 strikeouts in 2606 innings.
He also perfected the game. Before the game, he showed off his appearance as a natural enemy who had never lost to the New York Mets with 10 wins and 10 losses in 16 games. He didn’t even have a crisis until the 6th inning, and in the 7th inning, which was the biggest crisis, he roared as he struck out Tommy Pam with a swing and struck out with 2 outs on 1st and 3rd base. The Los Angeles Dodgers helped Kershaw achieve 200 wins as JD Martinez made a big success with 4 hits (2 homers) and 4 RBIs in 5 at-bats.
Statistician Lang repeatedly praised on his SNS, saying, “It is fortunate that we can see Kershaw.” The grounds were sufficient. According to Lang, since 1901, only two major league legends, Greg Maddux (22 times) and Kershaw (15 times), have achieved 15 or more games with 3 hits or less and no walks while throwing 7 or more innings for 122 years. Below that, Hall of Fame inductee Pete Alexander came close to No. 14, a record rarely seen.
Kershaw’s control is definitely the best ever, and his hits and walks per inning (WHIP) is 1,00, which is the third all-time starting pitcher who has played more than 2,000 innings since the 1900s. Under the same conditions, the number of walks per 9 innings is also tied for 58th (2.18), and if limited to the live ball era (after 1920), it narrows down to 40th with a tie for 39th. As a statistician, it might be natural to praise him as he is looking at a player whose pitch and pitch are hard to see again.
Kershaw also left a bold record. He pitched his 61st seven or more scoreless innings, the second all-time for the Los Angeles Dodgers club since 1900. The number one record is 63 by Don Sutton. He is also the third pitcher to win 200 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers alone in club history, after Sutton (233 wins) and Don Drysdale (209 wins).
The Colorado Rockies (26-11) and the San Diego Padres (23-9) of the same National League West division accounted for a significant share of these 200 wins. He also recorded 27 wins (5 losses) against American League teams, recording the highest win rate (0.844) among pitchers who started more than 20 interleague matches.
This 200th win is special in that a young pitcher who will succeed him for the time being is far away. According to MLB.com, Kershaw had 144 wins before he turned 30, but most pitchers in their 20s today haven’t even won 100. Even Toronto’s Jose Berrios (29), who had the most victories among pitchers in their 20s, has only 73 victories.
Currently, Kershaw, Justin Verlander (244 wins), Zack Greinke (223 wins), and Max Scherzer (203 wins) are the only players who have achieved more than 200 wins, and Adam Wainwright (41) is likely to be the next runner with 195 wins. 12 active players are recording more than 100 wins, but Johnny Cueto (37), who has the most wins, has 143 wins, so we won’t see a 200-win pitcher for a while after Wainwright.