For the past few years, the narrative around Clayton Kershaw is that he can’t perform well in the postseason. That was certainly the case in Game 5 of the NLDS between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals.
Walker Buehler had an incredible outing for the Dodgers before manager Dave Roberts handed the ball off to Kershaw.
Even though Kershaw got out of a tough situation in the seventh inning, the former MVP gave up back-to-back homers to Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto in the eighth inning.
Kershaw went from hero to zero in a matter of minutes. The Dodgers saw their two-run lead disappear in a blink of an eye.
Following the loss to the Nationals, Kershaw spoke to the media about his performance. He took all the blame for blowing the lead, but he made it clear that he won’t let it affect him in the future.
“I’m not gonna hang my head. I’m gonna be here and continue to try to fight, continue to try to compete,” Kershaw said. “Everything people say is true right now about the postseason. I understand that. Nothing I can do about it right now. It’s a terrible feeling. It really is.”
Kershaw: "I'm not gonna hang my head. I'm gonna be here and continue to try to fight, continue to try to compete. … Everything people say is true right now about the postseason. I understand that. Nothing I can do about it right now. It's a terrible feeling. It really is."
— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) October 10, 2019
No matter how you slice it, this has to go down as yet another disappointing season for the Dodgers.
As for Kershaw, it’s fair to wonder if he’ll ever have his signature moment in the postseason.