Sandy Koufax pitched in his first playoff series when he was 23 years old in 1959. It seems like he pitched a lot in the playoffs, but the fact is he did not pitch again in the playoffs until 1963 at age 27. The Dodgers didn’t make the playoffs in 1964 but he again pitched in 1965 and 1966. He had a career record of 4-3 but his ERA was 0.95 in just 57 IP with a 0.825 WHIP. Pretty loft numbers.
Clayton Kershaw first pitched in the playoffs at age 20 and then again at age 21. He did not fare well in the playoffs at that young age. However, at age 25 he has blossomed and in 19 Innings he is 1-1 with a 0.47 ERA to go with a .068 WHIP. Opponents are hitting a mere .125 against him. Very Koufax-esque!
Clayton has suffered from the same thing Sandy suffered from – lack of run support, however with what he has accomplished this post-season his record is now 1-2 in the post-season with a 2.88 ERA and and a 1.07 WHIP. His ERA coming into this post-season was almost 5.00 and with a good performance tonight he can get it to the low 2.00′s.
The stage is set – America is watching. It seems like if he doesn’t pitch a complete game shutout, he has failed. With the Dodgers down 3-2, it’s all on Clayton to save the Dodgers’ season!
Tomorrow we worry about game 7 IF we win game 6!
Rants and Raves
- Corey Seager is hitting .278 in the AFL… and rising!
- Would you trade Matt Kemp for Kyle Seager?
- Ethier and Ramirez starting? I have no clue what they should do…
- Ryu should start game 7 (if needed) with Greinke at the ready!