ARLINGTON, Texas, USA (AP) – Clayton Kershaw can’t shake the curse on him in the postseason, not even in a neutral park or near his hometown.
The Los Angeles Dodgers ace faltered early in the sixth inning of Thursday’s game against Atlanta, allowing three straight hits. He then witnessed from the cave the six-run blast that steered the Braves to a 10-2 beating victory in Game 4 of the NL Championship Series.
Kershaw’s twelfth loss in the playoffs represents the highest number in franchise history. And it has trailed Los Angeles 3-1 in the series to a maximum of seven games at the new Texas Rangers stadium.
Thus, the Dodgers are at risk of succumbing for the second consecutive year in these instances, after showing the best record in the Major Leagues during the campaign shortened by the pandemic.
Kershaw, a three-time National League Cy Young recipient, pitched two days after he was ruled out of the second game with back cramps. In just over five innings, he gave up four runs, taking his career playoff ERA down to 4.31.
While Kershaw is also his club’s all-time leader in postseason wins, with an 11-12 record, his resume in October is simply not consistent with his spectacular numbers in the regular season: 175-76 with a 2.43 ERA. .
In seven trips from Los Angeles to the Championship Series during the 13 seasons Kershaw has pitched in the majors, the Dallas pitcher is 3-6 with a 4.84 ERA.
And this time, he was outmatched by a rookie making his postseason debut, Bryse Wilson, 22, who won Game 4.