Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is undoubtedly the best pitcher in baseball right now. But the 26-year-old lefty has a long history of coming up short in the postseason. On Tuesday night that penchant for failing in the playoffs reared its ugly head again, as he couldn’t save the Dodgers from elimination in Game 4 of the 2014 National League Division Series.
The St. Louis Cardinals got to Kershaw in Games 1 and 4 of the NLDS as they won both and advanced to the National League Championship Series for the fourth season in a row. Kershaw took the loss in both of his starts, finishing the 2014 postseason with a record of 0-2, with a 7.82 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. For his career, he now has a 1-5 postseason record, with a 5.12 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.
How is a guy with a lifetime 2.48 ERA, who finished the 2014 regular season with a 1.77 mark, so shaky in the playoffs? We decided to break it down.