Arlington, Texas Clayton Kershaw has been in the season finals of the Los Angeles Dodgers for six of the past seven years. None of these followed the lifting of the World Cup.
There are three National League Cy Young Awards, even an MVP award during one of his 21 wins seasons, and the current streak of eight consecutive NL West titles for Team Dodgers.
But the 32-year-old left-footer has a losing record (11-12) in post-season – and Los Angeles hasn’t won the world championship since 1988. This is the same year that Kershaw was born in Dallas, where he still lives and isn’t far from The place that’s about to have another chance to change that for Dodgers and add a huge missing piece to his glamorous resume.
On Monday, Kershaw said, “I was throwing Sim games in May and June in Dallas, thinking, Oh man, shall we even play season?”
And now for the third time in four years, Kershaw is set to start the first game of the World Series of Dodgers, who were close to finishing their season when he left the NL Championship Series that began last week in Arlington, Texas, where the World Series is also being played.
California-born Tyler Glasno, a 27-year-old right-wing player who grew up watching the first part of Kershaw’s career, kicked off Tuesday night at the Tampa Bay Rays in his first World Championship match since 2008. Glasno was 5-1 with a win. 4.08 ERA 11 starts during the regular season and is 2-1 with 4.66 ERA 4 season starts.
The opening game of the World Championship comes a week after Kershaw scratched before his scheduled start in NLCS Game 2 against Atlanta due to back spasms. Instead, he started two days later in Game 4, which was tied 1-1 before leaving after allowing three straight kicks to start the sixth blow in what became the sixth game for the Braves on their way to a 10-2 win and a 3-1 streak.
But the Dodgers subsequently won three games in a row when faced with disqualification – only the second time in their illustrated history they did so. Kershaw was in the occasional extended bull game during the seventh game Sunday evening, but he did not enter the 4-3 win.
Before these unusual playoffs after the regular season that cut short the pandemic, with the Dodgers already playing the Division Series and NLCS there, Kershaw hadn’t played professionally at Arlington. His rotation didn’t match trips to Texas, not at the old court across the street where he used to see the Texas Rangers and one of his favorite players, Will Clark – the reason he wore number 22 – or the Dodgers. Series at the new Globe Life Field worth $ 1.2 billion at the end of August.
Kershaw was 6-2 with 2.16 ERA in 10 matches during the regular season, then he scored 13 strikes in eight goalless rounds to win match 2 against Milwaukee in the first round. He went six rounds to beat San Diego during NLDS on his debut in Arlington.
His first-year and 2018 senior AL MVP colleague Mookie Betts said, “It’s very competitive. He’s doing everything right.”
But even though Kershaw was good at going 175-76 with 2.43 ERA in the regular season over the course of his thirteen seasons, the eight-time All-Star achieved many disappointing finishes in the post-season, when his age was nearly twice as high in 4.31.
– In relief during the fifth game of the NL Division Series at home against Washington last October, Kershaw allowed the successive hosts to start their eighth game, tied in the decisive match before the Citizens won the eventual world champion in the Grand Slam in 10.
– There was a zero-goal half in finishing Game 7 of the NLCS in 2018 before he lost his starts against Boston in that World Series – Game 1 and Critical Game 5.
– His World Championship debut in 2017 included 11 strikes while one was allowed to run on seven rounds to win Game 1 at home against Astros. But after Los Angeles made a 4-0 early lead in Match 5 in Houston, Kershaw abandoned six games and left after 4 2/3 runs – whether he was leaning toward the field, or the Astros capitalizing on their illegal signal-stealing scheme that was revealed years later. . Astros won that match 13-12 in 10 rounds, and snatched the series in Game 7, when Kershaw put out four goals without goals at Dodger Stadium.
– Kershaw was the loser in the end-of-season matches against the Cardinals at the 2013 NLCS and NLDS the following season. It was a 2–0 breakthrough in his first four games during the 2016 post-season campaign before losing the crucial NLCS Match 6 against the Chicago Cubs.
Kershaw said, “Postseason, you have that experience that you can draw on, just trying to learn from it as best we can.” “At the same time, every year is different. Every team is different. Rays is different than Astros and the Red Sox. I will prepare as I always do and be prepared as much as possible.”
For another chance.
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