Kershaw Cuts Down Cubs & Takes Game 2
Clayton Kershaw is rewriting narratives with every start he goes out there in 2016 postseason. This is his third appearances in six games, and this might have been his best one. With a Cubs crowd drunk with his excitement after Game 1 theatrics, Kershaw came out and dominated the potent Chicago offense. He’s the best pitcher in baseball, and this is the postseason we have all been waiting for his whole career. It’s actually happening and will it be enough to take down the Cubs?
Some have been critical of the Kershaw hate through the years, and while some has been justified, other parts of it have not. If this were a movie, we’re hitting the climax of Kershaw’s career, and he’s putting the team on his back like we’ve seen so many different times in the postseason with so many great pitchers.
Kershaw went seven innings of two-hit ball with six strikeouts. Kenley Jansen shut the door for a two-inning save with four strikeouts of his own. I’m still not convinced these two players are enough to beat Chicago in a seven-game series. Los Angeles needs to find something else. It might be Adrian Gonzalez, which would be interesting considering he like Kershaw heard similar ‘not-clutch’ criticisms. Kershaw can’t pitch every game, and Jensen might try but the wheels might fall off for him as well.
Another major issue for Los Angeles is Rich Hill’s blister problem. If Hill can’t go in Game 3, 20-years young Julio Urias will go for Dodgers. He pitched well in two innings in Game 5 but starting a game is a whole different animal. Urias will go Game 3 if Hill’s blister is still an issue. That’s a tall task and might be more of a bullpen game which isn’t good considering there are three straight days of games in Los Angeles.
This series is going to be a fun one, what a great way to kick it off this weekend.