Who Holds the (Just Invented) Title of CK One for July?

CK One is a unisex fragrance released originally by Calvin Klein in 1994 and worn around that same time by an awkward, teenaged version of the present author with a view towards attracting the attention of less awkward, but equally teenaged, young women.

Under different, but similarly embarrassing, circumstances is how that same author has decided to utilize CK One today — not the actual fragrance itself, but at least the brand name, as a succinct means by which to identify publicly which of two pitchers, Clayton Kershaw and Corey Kluber, produced the better figures in July. Because their initials are C and K, is why. And then the one indicates which of them was the best pitcher with C and K for initials.

These painful explications aside, here are those same pitchers’ respective totals and rates from the past month:

Name Team G IP K% BB% BABIP GB% xFIP- FIP- ERA- WAR
Clayton Kershaw Dodgers 5 42.0 29.3% 2.7% .216 45.8% 68 58 30 1.4
Corey Kluber Clevelands 5 41.0 29.3% 2.7% .227 55.6% 58 54 40 1.5

The exact same strikeout and walk rates, is what Kershaw and Kluber produced last month — plus a collection of other, very similar figures, as well. Even as Kershaw finds himself in the midst of a historically great season, the right-handed Kluber — commonly referred to as the People’s Champion — matched the Dodgers lefty in all the most relevant categories. Which, if I’m being honest, to write that last sentence is why I’ve bothered to write every other sentence in this post. That having been accomplished, then, this addition to InstaGraphs is complete.





Carson Cistulli has published a book of aphorisms called Spirited Ejaculations of a New Enthusiast.

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nard
7 years ago

This must be satisfying for you.

Well-Beered Englishman
7 years ago
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In the chat the other day, Dave Cameron admitted that Carson is great at finding pitching prospects. He also cited Garrett Richards.