Clayton Kershaw isn't very good in the postseason. He's often very bad. For one of the best regular-season pitchers of all time, Kershaw comes up short when it matters most while many of his peers step up.
Friday night's NLCS Game 1 against the Milwaukee Brewers was no exception.
Clayton Kershaw threw 30 pitches with 2 strikes tonight.— justin (@jayhaykid) October 13, 2018
The Brewers swung and missed exactly 1 time.
Kershaw has had some good postseason games, but the fact remains that Kershaw has a career ERA of 4.08 in the postseason, while posting an ERA of 2.39 in the regular season. That's a huge difference for a pitcher of his talent.
It's getting harder to not completely destroy Kershaw over his struggles. It's very possible that the Dodgers would have won a World Series this decade had he pitched like his normal self come playoff-time. Or, frankly, anything resembling regular season Kershaw. Instead, we get this:
I've long defended Clayton Kershaw when people rip on his Octobers. But...— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) October 13, 2018
Kershaw starts allowing 5 runs or more:
7 of his last 20 postseason starts
7 of his last 163 regular-season starts
Kershaw is not done in this series. The Dodgers
The Dodgers need Kershaw to be great, and if he continues to fail when it matters most, the team won't be able to reach their ultimate goal of a World Series title.