Some are starting refer to Kershaw as the staff ace; while his progress is remarkable, this designation is really unfair in a number of ways.
Career stats for Sandy Koufax (SK, aka K1) as of 10/15/57, age 21y 9mo, and Clayton Kershaw (CK, aka K2) as of July 19, 2009, age 21y 4mo.
SK: IP 205.2 W 09 L 10 H 182 HR 26 ER 91 K 182 BB 108
CK: IP 214.1 W 13 L 10 H 179 HR 16 ER 86 K 204 BB 112
SK: ERA=3.99, WHIP=1.41, K/9 innings=8.0
CK: ERA=3.61, WHIP=1.36, K/9 innings=8.6
Note: While Kershaw’s stats are starting to look better than Koufax’s, remember that up to this point in his career, Koufax was mostly a mop-up man, and was pitching in Ebbett’s Field, which was a great hitter’s park.
Ebbetts Field Park Factors:
Year Runs Home Runs
1955 106 122
1956 103 120
1957 133 145
Whereas today’s Dodger Stadium is the toughest park in the majors to score runs.
The only real significant difference between the two Dodger lefties seems to be their investment strategies.