With Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly opting against altering his starting rotation heading into last weekend’s three-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals, Zack Greinke or Clayton Kershaw didn’t take the mound.
That changes Saturday with Kershaw starting against the Cardinals for the first time since Game 4 of the 2014 National League Division Series. By now Kershaw’s inability to beat the Cardinals in the postseason has been discussed and dissected ad nauseam.
In catching up with NFL veteran and ESPN broadcaster Marcellus Wiley at the 2015 Sports Spectacular event, he refused to call Kershaw’s trouble in the postseason “woes” and offered somewhat of a unique perspective as to why the reigning National League MVP may have gotten off to a slow start this season.
Despite Kershaw thus far being unable to get over the proverbial hump that is the Cardinals in the postseason, Wiley called him “the best pitcher on the planet, by far.” The ESPN commentator also compared this year’s Dodgers team to last, specifically addressing hitting with the loss of Matt Kemp.
2015 Sports Spectacular — Chester Pitts