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Clayton Kershaw

He is only 24 years old, but Los Angeles Dodgers’ ace starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw isn’t just one of the most dominant pitchers in all of fantasy baseball leagues, but is putting together a Hall of Fame worthy resume. In the last four seasons, Kershaw has started at least 30 games in fantasy baseball leagues in all of them and has not had an ERA higher than 2.91. In 2011, he had his best season in the fantasy baseball leagues winning over 20 games for the only time in his career, posting a record of 21-5 and had a career-low ERA of 2.28. Those numbers were good enough to earn him his first Cy Young award at just age 23.

In 2012, Kershaw was brilliant once again, going 14-9 with an ERA of 2.53. It looked like for most of the season, that he might in fact repeat as the National League Cy Young award winner. However, New York Mets’ knuckleballer R.A. Dickey came out of nowhere to steal it from him with a brilliant season of his own. Dickey went to the American League with the Toronto Blue Jays this offseason, so its very possible that Kershaw is now once again the frontrunner to win the Cy Young this year as well.

Kershaw started the Dodgers’ first Spring Training game of the season on Saturday against the Chicago White Sox. Hopefully for him and the Dodgers, that was just a bump in the road. The Dodgers lost the game 9-0 and Kershaw looked awfully rusty for his part, giving up four hits and two earned runs in just two innings despite striking out three batters. Kershaw was outdueled by Dylan Axelrod who struck out four and gave up just one hit in three innings of work for the White Sox.


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