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The Best Lefthanded Batters and Lefthanded Pitchers in Baseball

Kershaw is a ten-time All-Star, a three-time Cy Young Award winner (2011, 2013 & 2014), and he was the NL Most Valuable Player in 2014.  He has led the NL in ERA five times (including four in a row from 2011-2014) and led in strikeouts three times.  In 2023, at age 35, Kershaw went 13-5 with a 2.46 ERA and 137 strikeouts in 131 innings.

Clayton Kershaw is once again the Current Best Lefthanded Starting Pitcher in Baseball

Recent retirees David Price, Cole Hamels, Madison Bumgarner and Dallas Keuchel were worthy rivals to Kershaw when they were in their prime, but that time has passed.  The only two other active lefthanded pitchers with more than 100 career wins are Chris Sale with 120 and Wade Miley with 108.  Sale was often overpowering during his best years with the  White Sox and then the Red Sox from 2012-2018, but injuries have hampered him since.  Miley has played for eight different teams over 13 years to get to his 108 wins, and has never been considered a top starter or a staff leader, just an extra starter who keeps hanging around.

*Based on stats and status prior to start of 2024 season.

Current Best Lefthanded Starting Pitchers

​Clayton Kershaw remains the Best Lefthanded Starting Pitcher in Baseball, as he has been for most of the past decade.  He starts his 17th year with the LA Dodgers with 210 wins (3rd active) and only 92 losses for a .695 winning percentage (1st active and 5th all-time).  He has a 2.48 ERA (1st active and 41st all-time) and he has 2944 strikeouts in 2712 innings pitched.

Next on the list of lefthanded starters approaching 100 wins is Patrick Corbin with 97 wins in 11 seasons, followed by  Jose Quintana with 92 wins in 12 seasons.  Then comes Martin Perez with 85 wins in 12 seasons, then Eduardo Rodriguez with 82 wins in 10 seasons, and Alex Wood with 76 wins in 11 seasons.

Robbie Ray is next on the list with 74 wins in 10 seasons.  He also has 1505 strikeouts in only 1228 innings, which ranks 2nd behind Chris Sale in strikeouts per innings pitched among active and all-time pitchers.    Ray has five years with more than 200 strikeouts, with a high of 248 strikeouts when he won the AL Cy Young Award in 2021.
Blake Snell comes next with 71 wins in 8 seasons.  Snell has only 55 losses to go with theose 71 wins for a .563 winning percentage.  He also has a 3.20 ERA, with 1223 strikeouts in 993 innings.  He won 21 games and lost only 5 for and 1.95 ERA and an AL Cy Young Award in 2018, and then after 4 very ordinary seasons he came back and with the NL Cy Young Award in 2023.