Clayton Kershaw Career Strikeouts Overview

Clayton Kershaw is one of the most dominant strikeout pitchers of his generation. He has consistently ranked among the league leaders in strikeouts throughout his career and has won three National League Cy Young awards, which is given annually to the best pitcher in the league.

As of the end of the 2021 season, Kershaw has recorded a total of 2,705 strikeouts in his career. He has averaged over nine strikeouts per nine innings pitched throughout his career, which is an excellent number. Kershaw's career high for strikeouts in a season is 301, which he achieved in 2015.

Kershaw's success in terms of strikeouts can be attributed to his excellent command of multiple pitches, including a devastating curveball and slider. He also has a fastball that can reach up to 95 miles per hour, which makes it difficult for batters to catch up to.

Kershaw's ability to strike out batters has also helped him to limit the number of hits and runs he allows. When batters are unable to make contact with the ball, they are less likely to get on base and score runs. This is reflected in Kershaw's career WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched) of 1.00, which is an excellent number.

Overall, Clayton Kershaw's strikeout ability is one of the reasons why he is considered one of the best pitchers of his generation. His ability to get batters out with his strikeouts has helped him to prevent runs from scoring and to dominate opposing hitters.

Strikeouts are outs recorded by the pitcher or team's pitchers when the player at bat accumulates 3 strikes before putting the ball in play, is walked, or hit by a pitch. Strikes are accumlated by swinging and missing a pitch, not swinging at a pitch in the strike zone, or by hitting a foul ball. Foul ball strkes however are not counted for a third strike unless the foul results from a bunt or is a foul tip third strike caught by the catcher. Generally, for Strikeouts, higher is better. (Source)

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Clayton Kershaw Strikeouts By Year Line Chart

This line chart shows Clayton Kershaw's yearly Strikeouts for each season of his Major League Baseball career. Also included, for comparison, are yearly player averages for MLB, Hall of Fame players, SP, and players from their country of birth. For these groups, averages are calculated for each group's performance for the defined year.
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Clayton Kershaw Cumulative Strikeouts by Year

This line chart attempts to show show how Clayton Kershaw's career Strikeouts progressed by year. Each year on the chart represents Clayton Kershaw's career Strikeouts at the end of that season.
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Clayton Kershaw Strikeouts By Year Box Chart

This chart attempts to draw comparisons between Clayton Kershaw and related player groups by summarizing Strikeouts for each season played by Clayton Kershaw. The box represents the middle 50% of the data for each player with the line in the box being the median value. The whiskers represent the ranges for the top and bottom 25% of the data. Review the spread and medians to draw your conclusions!
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Clayton Kershaw Strikeouts Per Season Stats Table

This table shows Clayton Kershaw Strikeouts stats per season for his full MLB career with the aggregations’ sum, average, minimum, maximum, and median. Also included, for comparison, are season player averages for MLB, Hall of Fame players, SP, and players from their country of birth. The comparisons are calculated for each group for each year of Clayton Kershaw career.

Note: "—" indicate there were no players for comparison for a specific year. Most commonly this happens for the hall of fame group where there may not have been a hall of famer playing that year.
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