Batting ninth for the Dodgers and pitching is Clayton Kershaw
This is the absolute hardest position of all to choose for the Dodgers. They have had so many great pitchers. Every era of Dodgers baseball seems to have at least one all-time great.
Don Drysdale, Don Sutton, and Sandy Koufax received the most consideration. The start ends up going to Clayton Kershaw. The highest WAR at 73.4 and lowest ERA among these choices, Kershaw is a modern marvel. Plus, just to give the kids someone they could say they’ve seen, Kershaw toeing the rubber for this dream lineup helps give audiences of all ages someone they can cheer on.
Kershaw’s numbers will continue to change, so rather than go into specifics, why not look at what he's accomplished?
Three Cy Young Awards, a Triple Crown, five ERA titles, and an MVP all help to highlight what Kershaw has achieved. He is almost taken for granted in some ways. Years from now, more fans will appreciate what he was able to do.
Kershaw is one of baseball’s greatest pitchers, and his contributions are even clearer when we compare him to others of his generation.
Kershaw is guaranteed to finish his career with an incredible ERA, a win total topping 200 (which is almost unfathomable these days), and more strikeouts than any other Dodgers pitcher. It’s okay if you don’t think he belongs in this lineup. We’ll turn to someone else for the playoffs.