Clayton Kershaw helped the Los Angeles Dodgers take Game 1 of the World Series by dominating on the mound.
Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Clayton Kershaw is unhittable. The Dodgers’ franchise pitcher was brilliant in Game 1 of the World Series giving up only one run and three hits in route to a W.
Through seven innings Kershaw tossed only 83 pitches and tallied a demoralizing 11 strikeouts.
And in the seventh inning, one where the ace has a career postseason ERA of 25.50, he held the Houston Astros scoreless with the help of his defense.
— MLB (@MLB) October 25, 2017
Thanks to Kershaw’s dominant day, Game 1 only last 2 hours and 28 minutes, the shortest World Series game since Game 4 of the 1992 series. Kershaw also became the 1st pitcher in World Series history with 10+ strikeouts, no walks and 3 or fewer hits allowed in a game.
With such a beautiful game from their ace, the Dodgers are likely to bring Kershaw back for game 4 and even game 7 as a starter.
In the NLCS Alex Wood was L.A.’s starting pitcher for Game 4 in which the Dodgers suffered their only postseason loss. If Kershaw is going to be this good and this efficient they may only need a four-pitcher rotation to finish off the Astros.
But the bottom line is that Kershaw has finally put forth a postseason effort to quiet all his doubters. The man is just good.
He’s given up no more than two runs since the start of the NLCS, and this is the year he’s going to rewrite the narrative on his October performances.