If you’re having a bad day, gain some perspective by putting yourself in Clayton Kershaw’s cleats.
The three-time Cy Young winner confirmed the belief that he cannot produce in the postseason after egregiously blowing a Dodgers 3-1 lead to the Nationals in the top of the eighth of the National League Division Series.
Kershaw came in the game in relief to face Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto. Three pitches and two homers later (including a 449 foot moonshot by Soto to right-center), the score was tied at 3. A grand slam in the 10th inning and a 7-3 Dodgers loss would cement Kershaw’s performance as one of the great choke jobs since Buckner let a dribbler through his legs.
After the game, an openly dejected Kershaw spoke candidly about how shitty it feels to let his teammates down.
“I let down the guys in this clubhouse,” he said. “That’s the hardest part every year when you lose the last game of the season. When you’re to blame for it.
“It’s just a terrible feeling. I had one job to do, to get three outs,” Kershaw said. “I got one out and didn’t get the other two. They went over the fence and it cost us the game right there. So, It’s a terrible feeling. No excuses, just didn’t make pitches and guy hit it over the fence twice.”
Asked about how difficult it’d be to get over the latest defeat, Krenshaw responded: “I’ve had to do it so much,” Kershaw said. “I don’t know. It might linger for a while. I might not get over it. I don’t know.”
During Kershaw’s 12 seasons in the majors, he has a 2.44 ERA. In 158 ⅓ career postseason innings, he has a 4.33 ERA.
Fans won’t soon get over this one either.