Clayton Kershaw’s arsenal

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PITCHf/x data via BaseballSavant.com

It’s hard to find a pitching leaderboard in 2014 without Clayton Kershaw at the top. Entering the final week of the season, the lefty has a 1.80 ERA with peripherals to match, including 10.8 strikeouts per nine innings and a league-best 1.87 FIP. The above heat maps show Kershaw’s pitch mix by count; like all pitchers, he relies on his fastball when behind (and even on 0-0, when he throws fastballs 87% of the time), but splits his top three offerings almost equally in strikeout situations.

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