Los Angeles Dodgers’ star left-hander, Clayton Kershaw , logged 178.1 innings in 2019, which was the most he logged in a regular season since 2015. He posted a 3.03 ERA, which was the second worst mark of his career, and his first year above three since his rookie year back in 2008! Dang, what a disappointment! His FIP and xFIP were at 3.86 and 3.50 respectively, so perhaps that ERA was on the lucky side, but Kershaw remains one of the game’s better pitchers, and easily the best I’ve seen in my lifetime. It was encouraging to see his strikeout rate rebound after being at just 8.65 in 2018, and while that walk rate increased a bit, a 2.07 BB/9 is far from worrisome. I was vehemently out on Kershaw in 2019, and it turned out I was wrong. Am I out again in 2020? Not at all.

Kershaw is changing as a pitcher. In each season since 2017, he’s thrown his fastball less than 47-percent of the time, per Fangraphs pitch info. He was below 53-percent just one time (2016) in his career prior...