Clayton Kershaw is in the midst of one of the most dominant seasons in baseball history. He’s 9-1 with a 1.52 ERA, and is single-handedly keeping an inconsistent Dodgers team relevant. He may very well win his fourth Cy Young and second MVP this year– and could go down as the best to ever pitch when it’s all said and done.
The Diamondbacks will have the privilege of welcoming him to Chase Field today for their game against the Dodgers. Considering the Diamondbacks’ lackluster start and Kershaw’s dominance, this seems like a gimmie for the Dodgers’ ace.
You’d expect Kershaw to dominate at Chase Field over the years, especially considering that the Diamondbacks haven’t been great during most of his prime. But the actual numbers he’s put up there aren’t what you would expect— he’s 4-7 with a 3.90 ERA. That’s not exactly the dominant statline fans are used to seeing from Kershaw. Granted the Diamondbacks have a hitter-friendly park, but still, we’re talking about Clayton Kershaw.
Many pitchers would kill to have a 3.90 ERA, but this is actually Kershaw’s second-worst ballpark ERA in any ballpark he’s made at least five starts in. The worst is, unsurprisingly, Colorado, where he has a 4.63 ERA– but an 8-3 record. His best park is AT&T Park in San Francisco, where he has a 1.30 ERA in 16 starts.
This, of course, is a small sample size– and in no way predicts what he’ll do today. But it’s interesting to see that this is a park where he has struggled at.