Clayton Kershaw's Latest Playoff Meltdown for Dodgers Will Officially Affect His Legacy

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 04: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers sits in the dugout at the end of the second inning in game two of the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals at Dodger Stadium on October 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Divisional Series - Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game Two | Harry How/Getty Images

Clayton Kershaw's regular-season resume is one of the best of all time among pitchers. He's virtually untouchable on the rubber from April-September, but something changes when the calendar turns to October.

Perhaps more than any star pitcher in MLB history, Clayton Kershaw constantly falters in the playoffs. For someone as highly touted as the Dodgers' southpaw, his inconsistency on the biggest stages has plagued his legacy.

Kersh entered in the seventh inning against the Nationals in Game 5. He quickly struck out Adam Eaton to end the inning before getting back out there in the eighth.

Well, that's when things went south, as he served up back-to-back jacks to Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto, surrendering LA's lead and subsequently being pulled from the game.

It's a tale as old as time with Kershaw. The 31-year-old has made a living off of disappointing Dodgers fans in October, and every time it's the same. He enters the game with fans feeling confident that THIS TIME he'll get the job done with ease. It's almost never the case.

All you need to know is that he's 9-11 with a 4.43 ERA in 32 playoff games. His regular-season ERA? 2.44.

The Dodgers continue to trot him out there in key moments, refusing to accept the fact that their fan favorite ace simply doesn't have it in him to compete at his highest level in October. For that, his legacy will officially be affected considering the window isn't exactly going to remain wide open forever for the Dodgers to win the World Series.