Clayton Kershaw was the Most Unexceptional pitcher on the planet for the entire regular season. He’s going to win the Cy Young Award and potentially take home MVP honors as well.
But in October, he’s Mr. Ordinary.
With the Dodgers up 2-0 in the 7th and runners on first and second, Don Mattingly elected to leave his ace in the game to face Matt Adams. Nobody would argue that decision. Lefty-lefty. Adams had been horrible all year against lefties. His last home run off a southpaw came on July 7th. Well, he picked the perfect time to hit another. Adams crushed a three-run blast off Kershaw to give the Cardinals a 3-2 lead.
Just like that…in a blink of an eye…the Dodgers season was over. The Cardinals advanced to their fourth straight NLCS. Year after year, they find themselves back in the NLCS and World Series. It has come to the point where people are getting sick of them in October. You have to tip your cap to the organization, which is run as well as any in all of sports. They will be a tough out no matter who they put out there in October.
As for the Dodgers, what can you say? They threw their stud out there and he blew it for them. He was rocked in Game 1 and he gave up the one big hit in Game 4. His numbers in October are nothing to write home about. That will be the knock on Kershaw. He can dominate a regular season, but has not been able to pitch the same way when the season is on the line. The Dodgers clearly had the talent. They had plenty of talent in their lineup and a really good starting rotation. Their demise may have been the bullpen. They need arms to get the ball to Kenley Jansen.
Another disappointing playoff run for the Dodgers. Another year of wasted talent. It’s hard to point the finger as Kershaw, because they wouldn’t be there without him. Their offense didn’t score enough runs when it mattered. It will be interesting to see what this team does in the offseason, because there aren’t too many holes. On the other side, the Cardinals continue to be a playoff pest to their opponents. They will take on the Giants in the NLCS with Game 1 on Saturday in St. Louis.