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2018-19 Yankees Free Agency Vol 2 Pass On Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw FIP

Quickly, for those that do not know, FIP stands for Fielding Independent Pitching. FIP takes into account only the stats the pitcher has the most control over. With that, we are talking about strikeouts, walks, home runs, and hit-by-pitches. It is not perfect but it is a stat in vogue right now. When FIP is depicted on a graph, the lower the point the better. Higher points are worse. Can you find a trend in Kershaw’s seven-game rolling FIP below?

Clayton Kershaw Final Thoughts

Look I am not sitting here and saying that Clayton Kershaw is suddenly a bad pitcher. But there are signs that all the miles on his tires are beginning to catch up to him. Is that the kind of pitcher a team wants to sign to the megadeal that he will most likely still command? I do not see it and cannot fathom a way that it makes sense. I know the Yankees have done things like this in the past but all signs point to big money only going to young players entering their prime (if at all). Hopefully the Bombers stall smart and avoid Clayton Kershaw like the plague.

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Did Kershaw’s velocity tick up after April in his other seasons?

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