San Francisco Giants: Would you rather have Clayton Kershaw or Madison Bumgarner?
Apr 9, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) accepts his Cy Young Award for the 2013 season before the game against the Detroit Tigers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
As I mentioned earlier, execution is not determined by results, but it does have a direct effect on them. With that being said, the only way to determine who executes their pitches more productively is by the amount of base runners given up.
Since 2009, Kershaw has led the MLB in WHIP (walks/hits per 9 innings pitched) four of those eight seasons, as well as leading the majors in strikeout-to-walk ratio in 2014 with a ridiculous 7.71 K/BB.
Bumgarner has been his consistent self, never posting a WHIP above 1.306 along with having a 6.40 K/BB ratio in 2015.
All in all, Kershaw has executed his pitches more effectively in that he has allowed the least amount of base runners per nine innings pitched. They both flat get it done, but Kershaw is out of this world.
Round 6: Kershaw
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