Jul 31, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40) pitches against the Texas Rangers during the game at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Rangers defeated the Giants 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
To sum up all of this mumbo jumbo statistics and baseball nerdiness, Kershaw is better during regular season, and I believe is the better overall pitcher. So to answer the question of who is the better pitcher, I would have to say Kershaw.
October 7, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40) celebrates in the clubhouse after defeating the Washington Nationals 3-2 in game four of the 2014 NLDS baseball playoff game at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
On the other hand, to answer the question of who I would rather have on my team, I would have to say Bumgarner. Why? Look at his hands versus Kershaw’s and tell me who has more World Series rings. Period.
Ultimately, both players are two of the best in the game and on their way to Hall of Fame careers, but until Kershaw produces when it really counts, Bumgarner is my man.
Round 1: Kershaw
Round 2: Kershaw
Round 3: Tie
Round 4: Kershaw
Round 5: Bumgarner
Round 6: Kershaaw
Round 7: Bumgarner (KO)
*All graphs are displayed on FanGraphs.com