Recently – Clayton Kershaw’s October performances have been discussed in great detail – both here and elsewhere. While every Dodgers follower or baseball fan realizes that his career has been a shade darker in that tenth month on the calendar, time remains on the clock to change his legacy.
The Dodgers clinched another division title this week. Because of this, Clayton Kershaw will start postseason games once again. Now, the question unanswered is will the consistent narrative be changed?
Interestingly, one writer at Sports Illustrated believes so. To be exact, Matt Martell writes in a snippet discussing MLB’s biggest playoff storylines that Kershaw is going to dominate. Indeed, that was the word he used; and if that excites you then read onward.
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However, before we get to Martell’s bold prediction; two numbers have to be brought up. First, Kershaw’s career postseason ERA stands at 4.32. Obviously, that’s higher than his 2.44 regular season ERA by a large margin. By comparison, his World Series ERA climbs even higher to 5.40 over the course of his career.
Still, that does not concern Martell. Here is what he has to say about Kershaw and October of 2019 being turning point.
“I’m ready for Clayton Kershaw to completely silence the narrative that he can’t pitch in the playoffs. Sometimes players get postseason reputations far too early in their careers and they stick with them (Hello, Big Game James Shields). Kershaw is going to dominate this October, even if the Dodgers don’t win it all.”
By and large, Kershaw taking over for several postseason starts to reclaim the dominance we are accustomed to would feel wonderful. Truly, that in itself would feel like a miniature title victory more than I think many of us realize.
At 31 years of age, time is becoming shorter for Kershaw and the rest of his teammates to write their legacy. For the one thing that none of us can buy is more time or seasons back on the clock. Finally, in about a month we will see if this writer’s vision comes to fruition.
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