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What's Going On With Clayton Kershaw?

It's obvious that Clayton Kershaw isn't playing like he used to in some aspects, but in some others he happens to be at the top of his game, and it appears that his stats are all lopsided. Look at his ERA, it now stands at 3.29, which is the worst ERA he has had since his rookie year in 2008 and it's the first time his ERA has been above 2 since a leauge leading 2.53 in 2012. His record isn't that great either, at 5-4, he's on pace to finish the season with less than 12 wins. That would be far less than the 21 wins he amassed last year and the lowest win total since 2009.

He has also had 5 no decisions so far in less than half a season, he's had 3 in all of 2014, 8 in all of 2013, and 10 in all of 2012. That's actually quite odd since he's still on pace to throw well above 200 innings. Now let's look at his Strikeout totals which are easily the best stat of 2015. He's already thrown 122 strikeouts in just 92 innings, which is just insane. All those K's came over the course of 14 starts and 66 team games meaning that at his rate averaging just under 7 innings per start, Kershaw could realistically finish off the season with well beyond 200. In fact, his 8.71 K's per start would put him at over 270 over 32 starts, and Kershaw is on pace to start as many as 34 games.

Kershaw hopefully can come out of this funk, so far in June he's 2-1 with a 1.95 ERA in 4 starts and thrown 39 Strikeouts over 27.2 Innings and also boasts a .80 WHIP. However, no matter how well Kershaw plays over the rest of the season, it's unclear whether he can bring his 2015 up to par with his previous seasons, at the end of May he was 3-3 with a 3.86 ERA, and that's not something you want to see from the guy who won the Cy Young award 3 times in the last 4 years.

Sure, throwing 270 Strikeouts is a huge accomplishment, but Kershaw had already gave up the same amount of Home Runs he has given up in all of 2014 and is only 5 Earned Runs shy of his 2014 total, and we are nowhere near halfway done with the season. Even if he manages to play like he has in June for the rest of the season, he's looking at giving up the most Home Runs he has in a season and quite possibly one of the worst ERA's and WHIP's he has ever had in a full season. If he's lucky, Kershaw can still finish with a 2.5 ERA and maybe 14 wins which is outstanding, but not when you are Clayton Kershaw.

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