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June 20, 2014

Raising Aces

A Tale of Two Aces

by Doug Thorburn


Just 15 months ago, Clayton Kershaw and Justin Verlander were neck-and-neck in any discussion of the top pitchers in the game. The Motor City right-hander owned the American League, and the west coast southpaw ruled over the senior circuit, with each having finished first and second in their respective Cy Young races from 2011–12. They entered the 2013 campaign as the unquestioned aces of competitive clubs, poised to stage another season as kings of the mound, but their careers have taken dramatically different trajectories since then.

Kershaw has continued his reign of dominance, hauling in another Cy in 2013 and squashing opposing hitters thus far this season, culminating in a career-best pitching performance on Wednesday. On the other side of the coin is Verlander, who tumbled from his perch last season as he battled to find consistency for the first five months. He was able to right the ship in time for the Tigers' playoff run, but his late-season success has deserted him in 2014, and his current run of futility has seen him sink to new depths of performance.

The disparity between these two pitchers has never been greater than it is right now, so let's examine where they stand as we near the halfway mark of the 2014 season.

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