Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but Clayton Kershaw just helped the Dodgers win a huge postseason game. Yep, I could’ve said that after Game 4 of the NLDS. And Game 5 of the NLDS. And now I’m saying it after Game 2 of the NLCS. That’s three times in a week.
I’m not sure how a guy who missed two months of the season with a bad back is dominating like this, but I gave up trying to figure out Kershaw a long time ago. Last night, he shut out arguably the scariest lineup in baseball for 7 innings, giving up 2 hits, and striking out 6.
So to all of you dogging him after the save against the Nationals, saying, Easssy Rome, it was just 7 pitches. He’s not that great! In the words of C.J. Nitkowski, “have a seat, meat.”
And to all you Cardinals honks who keep saying, it won’t matter until he does it in the postseason against St. Louis, all he can do is beat the team in front of him. And the team in front of him last night was 17 ½ games in front of you this season.
The rap that this guy is not a big game pitcher, or that you can’t count on him in the postseason is dead. Done. Dusted.
The two teams combined for just five hits last night and only one that mattered:
That was it. The difference in the game. Well, that and Clayton Kershaw plus Kenley Jansen equaling another road win in the postseason. And now we have a series on our hands. A good one. A damn good one.
Dave Roberts is managing his ass off. And after going in there and ripping Game 2, you know Roberts is laughing all the way back to LA.