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Kershaw is one of the few players I’ll call “10-year HOFers” — players who are so great that they’re shoo-ins for the Hall of Fame immediately upon reaching the minimum required playing time. Pujols, Trout, Kershaw. But the case for Kershaw over Scherzer right now is a rate stat argument, and durability matters too. Scherzer has pitched 90 more innings than Kershaw since 2015. As for the lack of definitiveness in the various declarations that Scherzer has passed Kershaw, of course there is — because it’s close, and people who rely on data are aware of the limitations of measurement.

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