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Clayton Kershaw’s ERA climbs over three for the first time since his rookie season
The last time Clayton Kershaw had an ERA over three, he was a rookie back in 2008 and finished with a 4.26 ERA. Since then it has been nothing but ERA’s under three for Clayton with the exception of three seasons where his ERA was under two. In 2019, Kershaw will see his ERA creep above three as his fastball velocity will remain subpar for his usual standards.
Many are hoping that Kershaw’s velocity will peak again much like Justin Verlander saw a revival in Houston but Verlander was coming off surgery and did not have chronic injuries like Clayton has. Kershaw has back injuries that are chronic and once your back starts to go bad, that is something that doesn’t get better even with injury rehabilitation. For the past two seasons, his FIP has been above three and in 2019 his ERA will finish around 3.45.