Today I want to compare in a quick and simple way two of the best Aces in National League and sure 2017 Cy Young contenders: Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw.
IP Scherzer: 160.1
IP Kershaw: 141.1
Looking at their peripherals: (click to enlarge)
Scherzer is ahead on Strikeout percentage but Kershaw is better at concending Walks. As the xFIP, the Dodgers’ ace is excellent.
Assuming xFIP is a better indicator than FIP, we can compare ERA and xFIP:
Both starters had a better ERA so far altough Scherzer’s span is longer and Kershaw’s xFip is slightly below 3.
Finally, we take a look at ERA- over the first four month.
Kershaw had a better April and an outstanding July, Scherzer did better in May and was amazing in June.