Dodgers: Five best pitchers over the past decade

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 10: Zack Greinke #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the first inning against the New York Mets in game two of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 10: Zack Greinke #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the first inning against the New York Mets in game two of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) /
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LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 4: Pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch against the San Diego Padres in the second inning at Dodger Stadium October 4, 2015, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) /

1) Clayton Kershaw

This was obvious. The left-hander has pitched 12 seasons in the major leagues, covering the entire past decade. He is one of the greatest pitchers in Dodgers history, one of the greatest in all of baseball.

Kershaw started 293 games since 2010, more than double the number of starts of any other Dodger pitcher in that time. He went an incredible 156-61 in those starts with a 2.31 ERA. Over the past decade he has struck out 2,179 batters (again more than double of any other Dodger pitcher), and walked only 434.

Beyond his own team, Kershaw has proven himself as one of the best pitchers in all of baseball. Over the past decade, he has been the ERA leader in half of those seasons. He has led the league in strikeouts in three seasons. He has appeared in eight All-Star games, won three Cy Young Awards, along with a rare MVP Award as a pitcher, and a Gold Glove Award for being the dest defensive player at his position.

There is no doubt that the Texas native is the best Dodger pitcher over the past decade. He is arguably the best starter in Major League Baseball since 2010. In fact, nobody has accumulated as many wins above replacement level (59.1) over that timeframe. Among his MLB peers, he ranks third in strikeouts, ERA, and wins over the last ten years.

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