Clayton Kershaw is the best pitcher in Major League Baseball right now and he cemented it on Wednesday evening. It may have been perhaps the best pitching game in history.
On Wednesday night, Kershaw pitched the 283rd no hitter in Major League history, and if not for an error by Hanley Ramirez on a ball that he had time to make a better throw, would have recorded the 24th perfect game in Major League history.
Kershaw pitched a brilliant game as he tallied 15 strikeouts with 0 walks on 107 pitches. This is first game in MLB history with 15 or more strikeouts and no walks or hits according to Elias Sports Bureau.
It was a dominating performance from Kershaw as he struck out at least one batter in each inning. Kershaw struck out the side once and recorded five innings of multiple strikeouts during his performance.
Only one time during the game did Kershaw reach a three ball count and he recorded and equal amount of strikeouts in each third of the game. The performance was steady and efficient. His no hitter and place in history is up to everyone. But Kershaw may have pitched the best no hitter in MLB history.
I’m not going to say that is the most dominating performance because Kerry Wood put on the best non no hitter performance in his 20 strikeout game in which he only allowed one hit and no walks.
Wood struck out the first five hitters and then another stretch of five hitters in the fourth and fifth innings. All of those batters in the fourth and fifth innings went down looking. Four times Wood reached a three ball count. In the final three innings, Wood got stronger and struck out six in a row and eight of the final nine batters. In his 20 strikeout game Wood threw 122 pitches which if Kershaw had five more strikeouts is right around where he would have finished.
There is no doubt that Kershaw put up one of the best performances in MLB history. That’s what happens when you have a no hitter. Was it the best performance of all time? Maybe not. But Kershaw was the epitome of what a pitcher should be. He was efficient and dominant in a no hitter which cemented his place in baseball history.
Kershaw achieved a lot more than a no hitter on Wednesday. He can finally be compared to the greats.