The Claw and His Crazy ERA

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw turned 25 years old this past March. This season the young lefty surpassed the 1,000 career strikeout mark.  He is just the 16th pitcher in MLB history to total 1,000 strikeouts by age 25.

Here are the top five of this select class ranked by Adjusted ERA+:

Rk

Player

ERA+

SO

From

To

Age

G

Tm

1

Walter Johnson

176

1461

1907

1913

19-25

273

WSH

2

Clayton Kershaw

144

1135

2008

2013

20-25

174

LAD

3

Hal Newhouser

141

1120

1939

1946

18-25

261

DET

4

Christy Mathewson

138

1198

1901

1906

20-25

249

NYG

5

Bob Feller

136

1233

1936

1941

17-22

205

CLE

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 8/1/2013.
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Posted on August 2, 2013, in pitching rants, under 25 and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. You know you’re in good company when Hal Newhouser is the least recognizable name in your comparison. Those other three guys are probably in the top 10 all time, if you exclude negro-league pitchers.

  2. Yup, Feller is a very interesting case. Led the league in K’s four times by age 22. Too bad he lost 3 1/2 years to the war. When he came back in 1946 he whiffed 348 batters!

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