AquaMan2342 wrote:Kershaw but I definitely don't think it's as easy a choice some are making it sound like. He was pretty inefficient last year. His BB/9 is almost 5 and his ERA was pretty luck driven last year. The only reason I would take him is strictly talent based.
Kershaw improved his walk rate down the stretch, granted that it's a relatively small sample. He's had his glimpses where his control is brilliant and then, he's prone to the big inning where he's hurling 30+ pitches and thrown off from that. Game 1 of last season's NLCS is sort of a microcosm of what Kershaw is capable of for better or worse this season.
He's still trying to master his changeup and slider, both of which are pretty good pitchers for his age. If he mixes it up well, he'll progress from being the fastball-curve pitcher most perceive of him. I do agree that it's all about pitch efficiency which impacts his innings thrown, but I'd still take him over Cain who had a lucky strand rate and a declining K/9.