By: Sean Meyers
Welcome to the post-season!
Rather than bore our readers with 301 subjective reasons why baseball fans should put their money on the Dodgers heading into the post-season, I’m going to give you one. One good one: Clayton Kershaw.
Mr. 301 is coming off a career high season in strikeouts and has been quietly displaying a fantastic season behind his ace, and teammate, Zack Greinke. Kershaw wrapped up the 2015 season at 16-7, with 301 strikeouts, and a 2.13 ERA.
The startling detail about trusting Kershaw down the stretch for the Dodgers has been his post-season statistics. Yes, the former CY Young winning pitcher has a 1-5 record with a shocking 5.12 ERA in 51 innings of post-season baseball.
What makes this season different? Kershaw isn’t the only hot hand in the Dodgers rotation. In fact, he’ll be following the Dodgers new found ace, Zack Greinke. Kershaw and Greinke line-up well against just about any combination of pitchers this post-season. A combined 35-10 on the season, the two have looked comfortable against just about every team they’ve matched up against this season, and will now be returning to the post-season and facing a young Mets rotation and lineup.
Things could get interesting on the bump during the Dodgers first round matchup, as the Mets have stated they only plan on letting their ace Matt Harvey pitch once per series in order to control his innings limit. The Mets 1-2 lines up well with Harvey and DeGrom pitching Game One and Two, but the Dodgers have a significant edge if the Mets begin to juggle their rotation to accommodate Harvey’s innings.
If I was a betting man, I’d put my money on Kershaw and the Dodgers. Get excited Dodgers fans; Los Angeles is in for quite the ride!