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The Best Lefthanded Batters and Lefthanded Pitchers in Baseball

Robbie Ray has pitched 8 years in the majors with 3 different teams, and starts the 2022 season as a new member of the Seattle Mariners.  Ray has 62 wins, 58 losses and a 4.00 ERA, with 1290 strikeouts in 1035 innings.  He won the A.L. Cy Young Award for 2022, when he had 13 wins, 7 losses and a 2.84 ERA, and 248 strikeouts in 193 innings.

Blake Snell has pitched 6 years in the majors, and starts his 2nd season with San Diego after 5 years with Tampa Bay.  Snell has 49 wins, 30 losses and a 3.42 ERA, with 818 strikeouts in 684 innings. He won the A.L. Cy Young Award in 2018, with 21 wins, only 5 losses and a 1.89 ERA.

*Current best based on career statistics prior to start of 2022 MLB Season

David Price has pitched 13 years in the majors with 5 different teams, and this year will be his 2nd year playing for the LA Dodgers.  Price has 155 wins and  82 losses for a .654 winning percentage (3rd among active pitchers and 32th all-time), and a 3.33 ERA, with 2039 strikeouts in 2103 innings pitched.  He is a 5-time all-star, and he won the AL Cy Young Award in 2012.

Clayton Kershaw has been the best lefthanded pitcher in baseball over the past decade, and seems like a sure bet to make the Hall of Fame when his career is over.  He starts the 2022 season, his 15th year with the LA Dodgers, with 185 wins (4th among active pitchers), only 84 losses, and a .688 winning percentage (1st among active and 7th all-time).  He has a 2.49 ERA (1st active and 42nd 37all-time) and he has 2670 strikeouts in 2454 innings pitched.

​Dallas Keuchel has pitched 10 years in the majors, and enters his 3rd year with the White Sox after 7 years with Houston and 1 with Atlanta.  Keuchel has 99 wins, 82 losses and a 3.77 ERA, with 1173 strikeouts in 1527 innings pitched.  He won the A.L. Cy Young Award in 2015, when he had 20 wins and only 8 losses with a 2.48 ERA. He is a 2-time All-Star, and he also a very good fielder with five Gold Glove Awards (three in a row from 2014-2016) plus 2018 and 2021).​​​

Two younger lefthanders who might still be short on career statistics,
make this page because they have each had a magical Cy Young Award Winning Season

Chris Sale has pitched 11 years in the majors, the first 7 with the White Sox since then with the Boston Red Sox.  Sale has 114 wins and only 74 losses for a .606 winning percentage.  He has a 3.03 ERA with 2059 strikeouts in 1672 innings.  Sale is a 7 time All-Star and 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

*Current best based on career statistics prior to start of 2022 MLB Season

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 the NL Most Valuable Player in 2014.  He has led the NL in ERA five different times (including four in a row from 2011-2014), and led in strikeouts three times.  Kershaw has made the playoffs ten 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.

​Madison Bumgarner has pitched 13 years in the majors, and enters his 3rd year with the Arizona Diamondbacks after 11 years with San Francisco.  Bumgarner has 127 wins and 106 losses with a 3.31 ERA and 1948 strikeouts in 2034 innings pitched.  He is a 4 time All-Star and a 3 time World Series Champion and he was the MVP of both the N.L. Championship Series and the World Series in 2014, (pitched 21 innings with only one run allowed in 3 WS games).