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Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw sees his postseason legacy get another re-write

By in Press Enterprise on October 30, 2017

By J.P. Hoornstra

HOUSTON — Clayton Kershaw is only 29 years old, still too young to allow a definitive ranking among history’s all-time great pitchers.

And yet, Kershaw has already won more awards than most major leaguers will earn in their lifetimes. His $215 million contract is worth more than any active pitcher not named David Price. Between his talent, and the expectations he and the Dodgers have already set for himself, every pitch Kershaw throws invites an opinion about his “legacy.”

And every October turns this conversation into a pretzel.

In Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday, Kershaw threw 4⅔ innings against the Houston Astros. He was removed with a 7-4 lead that evaporated when the next batter, Jose Altuve, hit a three-run home run against reliever Kenta Maeda.

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Kershaw was charged with six earned runs, the most he’s allowed in a playoff game since the 2014 National League Division Series. His two strikeouts represented a new low in 19 career postseason starts.

By the time the game ended with the Astros winning 13-12 in 10 innings, hours had elapsed since Kershaw’s final pitch. That, plus the travel day between Games 5 and 6, […]    

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