By Jon Weisman

Did you know? Last week, Clayton Kershaw faced 28 batters and was not charged with a hit or a walk. He was credited with what was called a “no-hitter.”

By virtue of this noteworthy accomplishment, Kershaw has been named the National League Player of the Week. It’s a nice little honor for the up-and-coming 26-year-old … although research finds that he has previously won this award in 2013, 2012 and 2011. Along with, let’s see, a couple of Cy Young awards.

And that’s not all. Despite not making an appearance between his March 22 and May 6 starts, and then getting clobbered by Arizona on May 17, Kershaw is back to climbing up the statistical charts. At 64 1/3 innings so far this year, Kershaw does need some additional catch-up work to qualify for the league leaders in rate stats. But for NL pitchers with at least 60 innings in 2014, here’s where Kershaw stands:

  • K/9: 12.03, first
  • BB/9: 1.12, first
  • K/BB: 10.75, first
  • FIP: 1.59, first
  • xFIP: 1.53, first
  • GB%: 60.0, second
  • WHIP: 0.92, third
  • WAR: 2.5, fourth
  • Opponents’ batting average: .211, fifth
  • ERA: 2.52, eighth
  • HR/9: 0.56, 10th
  • Strikeouts: 86, 13th
  • Innings: 64 1/3, 39th

He missed over a month, he doesn’t qualify yet for the ERA competition, and yet he’s fourth in the league in WAR, a cumulative stat. That’s our Kershaw.