Buster Olney Reflects on Kershaw’s Poor Post-Season [AUDIO]
Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw will most likely be voted as both the MVP and Cy Young winner with a 21-3 regular season record. But in the post-season, it's a different story as Los Angeles has been eliminated and Kershaw's career post-season record is 1-5.
So, what are we supposed to categorize Kershaw as now?
"Still the best pitcher on the planet, and for 6 innings of game 4 he was the best pitcher on the planet," said Buster Olney, on 104.5 with Armen and Levack. "Bottom line is the Cardinals got the better of him.
IN the past two post-seasons, Kershaw is 0-4 against the Cardinals with a 7.15 E.R.A.
"Kershaw in his post game interview sessions was given about a thousand life lines by reporters trying to give him some reason , excuse as to why he got hit. They were asking about was he tipping pitches to the Cardinals, were they stealing his signs, all those kinds of things, and Klayton said, 'You know what, that would be disrespectful to the St. Louis hitters, they beat me'. And I think they did.
"In that first game it was 95 to 100 degrees, and it was the 7th inning and he hit a wall as in terms of how he was feeling and he left pitches up in the zone.
"In game 4, there was a looping hit that went over Hanley Ramirez' glove, another hit barely got through, and then he hung a curveball and Matt Adams to his credit took advantage of it and I think that's what it comes down too. I don't think it's a mental thing, I think he pitched great, but in the end I think the Cardinals got the better of him."