Clayton Kershaw has been one of the best, if not the best regular-season pitcher of all time. With three Cy Young’s and an MVP to his name, Kershaw has dominated the regular season. However, the playoffs, including the World Series, have been a different story.
Clayton Kershaw is a Horrible Playoff Pitcher
How bad has Kershaw been in the postseason? Well, he has a 4.31 ERA in the playoffs. And his ERA only goes up the further the Dodgers make it into the playoffs. In his NLDS starts, Kershaw is 6-4 with a 4.02 ERA. In the NLCS, Kershaw holds a 3-6 record with a 4.84 ERA. Last but not least is the World Series, where Kershaw is 1-2 with an egregious 5.40 ERA.
Not only is a 5.40 ERA terrible for pitching over 20 innings, but it is among the top-five worst World Series ERA’s in history. Compared to his regular-season, it’s impressive that Kershaw is this bad in the playoffs. The man has a 2.43 career regular-season ERA in thirteen seasons. Now the age-old question has come again. Will Kershaw fold once again under pressure?
It’s Time for Kershaw to Finally Show Up
The time for making excuses for Kershaw is well over, and he has to get it done. If it weren’t for the heroics of Cody Bellinger and Mookie Betts, LA wouldn’t be in the World Series. The Dodgers would be home right now and Kershaw would be getting the bulk of the blame after that Game 4 implosion against Atlanta.
Kershaw is good; he’s outstanding. But if he doesn’t win the World Series and flips the script about himself in the playoffs, he may be in the Hall of Fame when it’s all said and done, but, in my book, he’ll be in the hall of very good. Kershaw goes out and wins the damn World Series, or at least doesn’t be why the Dodgers lose.