Sport Mike Francesa Has Two Different Thoughts on Clayton Kershaw Nine Minutes Apart
Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw scratched from NLCS Game 2; rookie Tony Gonsolin will start vs. Braves
Three-time Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw won't pitch Game 2 for the Dodgers due to back spasms. Tony Gonsolin will start for the Dodgers.Rookie Tony Gonsolin will make his postseason debut in Kershaw's place, a move that significantly alters the Dodgers' pitching calculus this series.
This happened earlier this morning but I was gleefully joining the townsfolk in digging the world's biggest trench in order to fill it up with all the bad Clayton Kershaw takes which have been rendered useless after he picked up a win last night to move to 4-1 on the postseason and put hisin great position to win a World Series. My pant legs are still caked with mud, in fact, but who cares because watching an annoying narrative die a whimpering death is always life-affirming.
closed the book on Kershaw the player at 8:26 a.m. with a neat and mostly accurate summation.
Braves break it open with 6-run inning, knock out Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers to move one win from World Series
The Braves scored six runs in the sixth inning en route to a 10-2 victory to beat Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLCS.Their paths crossed on a windswept Thursday night at Globe Life Field, and little could Kershaw imagine his October nightmares would be extended by such an unlikely adversary.
Kershaw will always be remembered as a legendary pitcher who was never a dominant post-season performer. Case closed.— Mike Francesa (@MikeFrancesa)
Then, nine minutes later and perhaps arguing with himself, he noted that this year's efforts will repel the critics.
Kershaw, 4-1 2.93, has had a very solid post-season. His performance, and a title, should quiet the critics.— Mike Francesa (@MikeFrancesa)
The favorable way of interpreting this is that Francesa is saying Kershaw did everything he needed to do in order to silence the pesky whispers. For now. But that in the long run, we'll look at his entire body of work and realize he left some opportunities up in the zone, never to see them again.
A more straightforward way is to read it all is Francesa simply stepping on the very point he made less than 10 minutes ago. But, hey, Kershaw has made a lot of otherwise serious people say some funny things through the years. What's one more for the road while he sits and waits for a demon-expelling coronation?
The right time? Clayton Kershaw's walk off the mound may finally be part of a Dodgers triumph .
On so many fall nights over these Octobers, in dark stadiums just large enough sometimes for a man and his baseball crusade, Clayton Kershaw had watched them come for him. Clayton Kershaw leaves the mound in the Dodgers' World Series Game 5 win after briefly lobbying manager Dave Roberts to stay in. (Photo by Cooper Neill/MLB Photos via Getty Images) In a series intent on being played to its final few inches, the Dodgers’ bullpen had come apart in their two losses, and Game 6 seemed headed to something like a bullpen game again. The Rays would start Blake Snell in Game 6 and had Charlie Morton scheduled for Game 7.