A Twitter comment about Clayton Kershaw needing to be a better pitcher on the road to be considered elite got me thinking: what are his numbers on the road and what are they if you take out Coors Field?
Here are the answers (including Thursday's performance):
Career on the road
48 G, 3.64 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 7.7 H/9, 0.6 HR/9, 4.11 BB/9, 8.89 K/9, 2.16 K/BB ratio
Not bad, not bad at all. By comparison, here are some other elite lefties' numbers on the road:
Cole Hamels - 3.64 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 8.7 K/9
Cliff Lee - 4.16 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 6.7 K/9
Jon Lester - 3.76 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 8.8 K/9
David Price - 4.23 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 7.1 K/9
CC Sabathia - 3.56 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 7.1 K/9
As you can see, Kershaw's numbers are pretty comparable against a lot of the best LHPs in baseball.
Career at Coors Field
9 G, 5.69 ERA, 1.57 WHIP, 9.7 H/9, 1.5 HR/9, 4.41 BB/9, 9.55 K/9, 2.17 BB/K ratio
It isn't exactly breaking news that a pitcher struggles in the launching pad in Denver.
Career on the road, sans Coors
35 G, 3.07 ERA, 1.24 ERA, 7.1 H/9, 0.4 HR/9, 4.0 BB/9, 8.7 K/9, 2.17 K/BB ratio
So to say he needs to pitch better on the road to be elite isn't exactly accurate. He needs to pitch better at Coors Field, that's for sure. But what pitcher doesn't?