Originally Posted by Jewbacca2
You can find anything significant from 1600 innings vs 60. The same size is just way too small.
He dominated that game last night, but ended up giving 3 earned runs from someone allowing his inherited runners from scoring. Results sometimes just aren't indicative of how someone performed because he dominate that game last night.
9 starts (57.2 total IP) is enough to show a trend. For whatever reason, Kershaw pitches less effectively in the postseason. That fact is undeniable, the results and statistics show this pattern. Kershaw did not pitch well enough to win against the Cards in '13 or '14, bottom line. All innings are not created the same, playoff starts matter more. It's the reason MLB players endure 162 games. Kershaw is consistently the biggest reason why the Dodgers have made the playoffs the past three years (including the current postseason), but he's also largely the reason LAD is not advancing past the NLCS in '13 and NLDS in '14.
"Dominant" is a strong word. Kershaw pitched very well, certainly good enough to win but he wasn't dominant in my eyes. Murph smoking that HR to RF aside, Kershaw was his own undoing in the 7th inning. Walked 3 batters. Baez didn't do damage control and Kershaw deserved to pitch through it, Mattingly was possibly thinking of pitch count/readiness for Game 4. But again, Kersh walked Duda, Tejada, Grandy. That's his fault. Wright's single capitalized, but Kersh let those two runs that scored in the 7th on base.
deGrom, in his postseason debut, pitched the way we've come to expect from Kershaw. Except he only seems to perform that way in the regular season. We're all calling Clayton Kershaw the best pitcher in baseball. Lead horse/ace/whatever you want to call him. Out-dueled by a second-year SP.