Eternally, Clayton Kershaw and Sandy Koufax will be links by chords of attachment. Indeed, Kershaw passed Koufax on the Dodgers’ all-time regular season win list recently with 166. Still, a vocalized gap exists between the two in regards to their postseason performances.
Now, Los Angeles’ favorite columnist Bill Plaschke is writing of postseason legacies between Kershaw and Koufax.
Kershaw passes Koufax in wins, but still trails him in Octobers https://t.co/t5RmkXagQz
— Bill Plaschke (@BillPlaschke) August 21, 2019
Without question – and not to just stir the pot – Plaschke points out the differences in their postseason statistics.
- Koufax has two World Series MVP. By comparison, Kershaw has a 5.40 ERA in the Fall Classic.
- Overall, Kourfax’s postseason ERA is 0.95 compared to Kershaw’s 4.32 ERA.
Next, Plaschke talked to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts; posing the question if comparison of the two is fair at all.
“Oh, it’s certainly fair to compare the two,” Manager Dave Roberts said before the game. “Clayton over the longevity of his career has earned that right to be compared to Sandy Koufax.”
Then, the writer came with the big question; asking the Dodgers’ skipper about the postseason of the two legends side-by-side. Moreover, Roberts was candid in his response.
“That’s a tough one,” Roberts said. “They’re both great pitchers. One is a Hall of Famer, one is a soon-to-be Hall of Famer. Right now, I think we’re focusing on 2019, and in the postseason, I expect Clayton to go out there and pitch the way he’s capable of pitching.”
Look, one cannot deny that Clayton Kershaw needs to be better when the calendar flips to October. The biggest point in all this is for Kershaw and the current Dodgers, time is still left on the clock. It’s not always about how you start in baseball or life, it’s about how you finish.