Dodgers of the Decade: Left-Handed Starter

I have to say, I’m impressed. I would have thought that Andre Ethier’s 2009 heroics would have won him more votes, but Shawn Green crushed him 79% to 18% (with just 3% for J.D. Drew. So we now have our complete lineup of the decade…

Dodgers of the Decade team:
C: Russell Martin (68%)
1B: James Loney (62%)
2B: Jeff Kent (88%)
3B: Adrian Beltre (80%)
SS: Rafael Furcal (87%)
LF: Gary Sheffield (62%)
CF: Matt Kemp (94%)
RF: Shawn Green (79%)

…and now we’re moving on to pitchers, and rather than go through an entire staff we’re going to pick five arms - top lefty & righty starters, top lefty & righty relievers (non-closers), and top closer. The threshold for the starters is going to be 50 starts – so let’s say sorry right off the bat to guys like Omar Daal, David Wells, and Carlos Perez.

Left-Handed Starter

Odalis Perez (120 starts, 2002-06)
Dodger stats: 45-40, 3.94 ERA, 102 ERA+, .715 OPS against
WAR: 4.5

Kaz Ishii (86 starts, 2002-04)
Dodger stats: 36-25, 4.30 ERA, 92 ERA+, .754 OPS against
WAR: 0.5

Randy Wolf (52 starts, 2007, 2009)
Dodger stats: 20-13, 3.72 ERA, 110 ERA+, .695 OPS against
WAR: 3.3

Clayton Kershaw (51 starts, 2008-09)
Dodger stats: 13-13, 3.36 ERA, 120 ERA+, .656 OPS against
WAR: 5.4

Top three seasons
4.2 WAR Perez, 2002
4.2 WAR Kershaw, 2009
3.4 WAR Perez, 2004

Remember, this is “Dodger of the Decade”, not “who’s the best right now” or “who will be the best”, because obviously Kershaw would crush that. You can still vote for him if you want, of course, just make sure it’s for the right reasons.

Top lefty starter of the decade?

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