Headin out californy way looking for some internet...
Kershaw flops in the playoffs AGAIN!?!!?!
You'd think by the law of averages that eventually this guy would pitch like a half decent starter at some point, but the ERA just keeps going up.
Idk, somehow looking at that guys face makes me think sniffing in the dirty bin is a hobby of his.
call it a "Hasteradamus Hunch" (we need a Tanner card that has that as a theme btw)
At this point, I think we can say there's something going on with Kershaw in the playoffs. I've read articles trying to explain his performance game-by-game and making it seem like he's the same guy, but I'm calling BS on that.
Regular season: 2274 innings, 169-74, 2.44 ERA.
Playoffs: 158 innings, 9-11, 4.43 ERA.
A friend of mine, who knows more about baseball than most people, holds the following argument as absolute gospel - that there's no such thing as "clutch" in baseball. His reasoning is that if somebody keeps coming up big in big situations, that implies that they're dogging it during regular games. But that ignores the basic fact that pressure changes things. Baseball is as much a mental game as any sport on earth, and pressure matters. Some people have the ability to raise their game when the stakes are high, and some go the opposite way. As great as Kershaw is, there is something in his head that keeps him from performing at his best in the postseason. End of story. I really hope someday he just shreds his way through the postseason and gets a title, but time is running out.