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Kershaw Top 5 SP By End Of 2011?

Posted on: August 23, 2010 10:36 pm
A lot might laugh at that possibility of Kershaw ending next year as a top 5 SP considering Kershaw still averages 4 walks a game and averages 6 innings a game. However in 2009 Kershaw walked an average of 4.78 batters and only went an average of 5.7 innings each game where as this year he has walked an average of 3.94 batters and went an average of 6.3 innings a game. This is an improvement of .84 in walks and 0.6 in innings. If Kershaw keeps improving on  this he could end next year with a 3.1 walk rate per game and averaging 6.9 innings a game which of course would lead to a better chance of more complete games, more strikeouts and a better chance of winning games that the bullpen has blown for him this year.

There's a good chance Kershaw could end next year with at least 16 wins and between 225-250 strikeouts as well which could also lead to an ERA closer to 2.50 than to 3.00.

If Kershaw can stay healthy and keep improving there is a very good chance Kershaw could end up a top 5 SP by end of next year at 23 years old. He's already a top 15-20 SP depending on your scoring system and still has a chance to finish close to top 10 in some leagues by end of the season.

Kershaw could very well be setting himself up to be the top SP in baseball as soon as 2011 or 2012.

Don't believe the hype from haters who keep mentioning his control issues, there isn't a 22 year old alive that doesn't go through control issues. Those haters at the beginning of the year who claimed they wouldn't draft Kershaw where he went, are regretting it now. Just like those who were writing articles about his control problems in June.

The fact is with all the hype surrounding guys like Price people forget Price has around the same WHIP as kershaw yet is over 2 years older than Kershaw. The fact is Price didn't even throw 100 innings until he was 23 which is the same age Kershaw will be at the beginning of the 2011 season. So Kershaw is already more advanced than guys like Price and with more run support and improvement on control, there is a good chance your looking at Kershaw as a top 5 SP by the end of the 2011 season.

As for the Kershaw haters, where are you all now? Hidding in a hole you created for yourself earlier in the year?
Category: Fantasy Baseball

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: July 2, 2011 4:20 pm

Kershaw Top 5 SP By End Of 2011?

And that prediction of Kershaw might be a top 5 SP by end of 2011 might be a reality at least in points leagues. Entered Monday as the overall major league strikeouts leader, already throw 3 complete games, 2 of them shut outs.

As for keeper rankings go, ESPN has him ranked as the #2 SP keeper from 2012-2014. So in keeper leagues entering next year he will be a top 5 SP. 

And there is almost no doubt even in seasonal leagues he'll be a top 10 SP entering 2012.

Since: May 14, 2010
Posted on: August 24, 2010 3:13 pm

Kershaw Top 5 SP By End Of 2011?

Good advice, Matt. I'll be targeting him next year in my seasonal league.

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