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The Best Lefthanded Batters and Lefthanded Pitchers in Baseball

Clayton Kershaw

David Price begins the 2021 season with the LA Dodgers after opting-out of the 2020 season.  He has pitched 12 years in the majors including time with Tampa Bay, Boston, Detroit & Toronto. Price has 150 wins and only 80 losses for a .652 winning percentage (24th all-time), with a 3.31 Earned Run Average, with 1981 strikeouts in 2029 innings pitched.  He is a 5-time all-star, and he won the AL Cy Young Award in 2012.

Other Prominent Lefthanded Starters

Clayton Kershaw has established himself as the games best lefthanded pitcher over the past decade, and seems like a sure bet to make the Hall of Fame when his career is over.  As he starts the 2021 season, his 14th year with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Kershaw has 175 wins (4th among active pitchers), only 76 losses, and a .697 winning percentage (1st among active and 3rd all-time).  He has a 2.43 Earned Run Average (1st active and 37th all-time) and he has 2526 strikeouts in 2333 innings pitched.

​​​Dallas Keuchel enters 2021 in his 2nd year with the White Sox after 7 years with Houston and 1 with Atlanta.  He won the A.L. Cy Young Award in 2015, when he had 20 wins and only 8 losses with a 2.48 ERA.  Keuchel has 90 wins, 73 losses and a 3.59 ERA, with 1078 strikeouts in 1365 innings pitched.  He is a 2-time All-Star, and he also a very good fielder with four Gold Glove Awards (including three in a row from 2014-2016). 

​​Chris Sale has pitched 10 years in the majors, first 7 with the White Sox then 3 with the Red Sox.  He missed 2020 due to elbow surgery and has not yet returned.  He has 109 wins and only 73 losses for a .599 winning percentage.  He has a 3.03 Earned Run Average and 2007 strikeouts in 1629 innings.  Sale is a 7 time All-Star.  He currently ranks 2nd all-time in strikeouts per 9 Innings, and 1st all-time in strikeouts to walks ratio.

Current Best Lefthanded Starting Pitchers

Jon Lester joins the Washington Nationals for 2021 (his 16th year in the majors), after the last 6 years with the Chicago Cubs.  Lester has 193 wins (3rd among active pitchers) and only 111 losses, for a .638 winning percentage.  He has a 3.60 Earned Run Average and has pitched 2598 innings with 2397 strikeouts to his credit.  Lester is a 5 time All Star, and he has 4 wins and 1 loss with a 1.77 ERA in 35 inning pitched over 3 World Series.

Madison Bumgarner begins 2021 in his 2nd year with the Arizona Diamondbacks after 11 years with San Francisco.  Bumgarner has 120 wins and 96 losses with a 3.20 Earned Run Average and 1824 strikeouts in 1887 innings pitched.  He is a 4 time All-Star and a 3 time World Series Champion.  He was the MVP of the N.L. Championship Series and MVP of the World Series in 2014, (pitched 21 innings with only one run allowed in 3 WS games).

Kershaw is an eight-time All-Star, a three-time Cy Young Award winner (plus two 2nd place and a 3rd place finish), and he was National League Most Valuable Player in 2014.  He has led the NL in Earned Run Average five different times (including four in a row from 2011-2014), and led in strikeouts three times.  Kershaw has made the playoffs nine times during his Dodger career, and in 2020 he silenced those who had criticized his prior postseason work with two victories in the World Series victory over Tampa Bay.