Imagine being arguably the greatest pitcher of your generation and your team really has to consider if they want you to pitch in a big playoff game.
That’s Clayton Kershaw. His dominance during the regular season needs no more words, but his performance in seemingly every big postseason start he makes is baffling. Sure, he was quite good in the NLDS, but when his team needed him yet again last night, he came up small once more. It’s truly something to behold, a great pitcher who just cannot seem to rise to the occasion when his team needs him to.
This is somewhat the same concern pockets of Phillies fans have with Aaron Nola. While we’re not going to compare the two when it comes to regular season greatness, Nola is the Phillies’ ace, yet when he was called upon in the last game of the season, needing a win to even be considered for a postseason spot, Nola struggled mightily. It’s not the first time this has happened in September for the hurler and it’s starting to call into question his crunch time ability. He will hopefully get more opportunities to redeem himself, but as of now, the question still lingers.
On to the links!
- Our own John Stolnis wrote about how with all of John Middleton’s waffling on the organizational direction, the team is about to waste some of Bryce Harper’s prime.
- How about this guy to replace Didi Gregorius at shortstop?
- Jojo Romero’s approach to pitching is exactly what the team needs in the bullpen.
- MLB and the KBO have announced a new posting system for the upcoming season.
- With fans in the stadium now, at least for the NLCS, we have seen the “crowd noise” brought in diminished, and that’s a good thing.
- This one was something that brought out the knives online about the Rays and how they win.