Who’s the Best Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher?

Kershaw, Hershiser, Drysdale, Koufax: those are probably the four best LA Dodger pitchers, albeit with a sidelong glance at Don Sutton, Fernando Valenzuela, Bob Welch, and Tommy John. The question here is: how do you rank Kershaw, Hershiser, Drysdale, and Koufax? If you put Koufax or Drysdale first (baseball-reference’s WAR stat puts Drysdale at #1, Koufax at #2), what would Kershaw have to do to take over the #1 spot?

Also, does Zack Greinke have a chance of elbowing his way into the Dodger pantheon-assuming he decides to resign with the team?

Published in: Uncategorized on November 10, 2015 at 2:32 pm  Comments (6)  

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  1. OK, BUT DO YOU KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT DAZZY VANCE?

  2. No way in hell I’d rank Drysdale over Koufax. Too bad this list doesn’t include Brooklyn Dodgers, because then I’d include Dazzy Vance way up on the list.
    My all-time L.A. Dodgers pitching list would be:
    1) Koufax
    2) Kershaw
    3) Drysdale
    4) Sutton
    5) Hershiser
    6) Valenzuela
    7) Greinke (he can definitely move up on this list if he re-signs.)
    8) Tommy John

  3. Could use some numbers here for easy reference. Hershiser’s peak was shorter than everybody remembers. Kershaw still has to be below Drysdale at this point; give him 6-7 more peak years as a Dodger and he’ll probably jump into #2. Koufax only had 6 good years, but those years were just about better than everyone else who ever lived. Greinke’s only a hired gun at this point, no more a “Dodger” than Kevin Brown; if he resigns then maybe he gets a slot here.

  4. I think of Hershiser as a top 4 pitcher, mainly because he delivered the ’88 World Series for LA. It’s the peak vs. career debate: Sutton did more for longer for the Dodgers, but how many people really remember what he did for them?

  5. I’d put Vance in there too, but this is a LOS ANGELES Dodgers thing.

    And as for Kershaw getting to #1, maybe utterly dominating hitters for four years the way Koufax did from 1963-66? Clayton’s had some great years and I could see him ending up at #2 on this list, but Sandy was off-the-charts at his peak, even more so than Ryan because batters knew Koufax was going to throw strikes and they still couldn’t do a thing with him.

  6. I rank KOUFAX #1 and no body else close. Yes he only had 5 years. But it was arguably the greatest 5 year stretch any baseball player has ever had. And then he retired. In his prime.


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