Clayton Kershaw's Utter Dominance Against Marlins Actually Proves He's Still MLB's Best

Los Angeles Dodgers v Miami Marlins
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Maybe it's because he started the season on the injured list. Maybe it's because his teammate, Hyun-Jin Ryu, is having a historically untouchable season. But for some reason, it seems like everyone's forgotten just how great Clayton Kershaw is.

For those of you who did forget, Kershaw provided a timely reminder on Wednesday against the Miami Marlins. The Dodgers ace went 7 innings, allowing no runs on two hits and no walks, while striking out 10 in a vintage performance. He also hit a fascinating milestone.

Look, we know it was the Marlins, but Kershaw has outdone a who's-who of the MLB's all-time greats when it comes to all-around dominant pitching performances. The veteran southpaw is perennially a top pitcher in the league, and when you take a look at his year-to-year consistency compared to the rest of the show's best hurlers, there's only one conclusion to be made: he's still the overall best pitcher in baseball.

The 31-year-old is quietly pitching to a 12-2 record and a 2.63 ERA this season. His 1.00 WHIP (his second-worst since 2012) ranks sixth in the majors. He's allowed just 28 walks in 137 innings.

Sometimes, great players just need a signature performance to remind everyone of their ability, and that's exactly what Kershaw provided on Wednesday night. Now, he needs to be ready to push the first-place Dodgers over the top as they aim for their first World Series title in 31 years.