NLCS: Kershaw Regains His Super-Powers, Repels Brewers
If ever the club laying out $30million this season for dude's services needed him to pitch like he was being paid that much, it was here in Game 5.
Clayton Kershaw delivered.
The Los Angeles Dodgers haven't won a World Series since 1988, they're knocking on the door of opportunity for the second season in a row, and -- crazy payroll or no -- who knows when they'll get this close again?
After all, the Bums have been denied in their quest by all sortsa opponents ...
- In 2013 and 2014, the St Louis Cardinals mistook Kershaw for a BP pitcher;
- In 2015, the New York Mets surprised everyone, probably including themselves;
- In 2016, they were dumped in the NLCS by their fellow big branders, the Chicago Cubs, and
- Last season, the build-from within Houston Astros saw them off in the World Series.
Kershaw got Brew Crewed in Game 1, lasting a mere three innings and surrendering five runs.
Given Wade Miley's performance in Game 2 -- 5⅔ innings, 0 runs, 2 hits -- the Dodger ace knew he'd have to last longer for his club to have a shot.
He did. The Milwaukee southpaw wound up being an opener as opposed to being a starter. Dude faced one batter and walked him.
Kershaw logged 7 innings, allowing only 3 hits and 1 run.
His buds with bats did the rest in a 5-2 victory:
Immediately afterward, as the focus was on Kershaw and his future, Milwaukee skip Craig Counsell immediately announced Miley would become part of a trivia question.
That was the era when men were men and rabbits were rabbits.
Dave Roberts and Counsell combined have utilized every other sorta move in this series.