Clayton Kershaw leads Dodgers to World Series Game 1 Win

Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw has had to play most of his career somehow being underestimated when it comes to just how good he is. Perhaps if he leads the Los Angeles Dodgers to their first World Series win in almost 30 years, he'll finally get his due. At the very least, baseball fans in Southern California are going to recognize that Kershaw is likely one of the best pitchers the team has ever had.

Coming off a five-game NLCS win against the defending world champion Chicago Cubs, the Dodgers kept right on rolling in game 1 of the World Series. Los Angeles is now 7-1 this postseason, after sweeping their NLDS series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. In Game 1 of the World Series, Kershaw was as dominant as he's ever been, even though there are plenty of rumors and innuendo that suggest he's simply not as good in the postseason as he is in the regular season.

Some of those myths were fed last season when he went up against the buzzsaw that was last year's Cubs' team. He struggled to record outs in game 6 of the 2016 NLCS and eventually was handed a loss in the game that sent the Cubs to the World Series and their eventual world championship.

Against the Houston Astros on Tuesday night, Kershaw posted a masterful performance. The Dodgers' ace went seven innings and struck out 11 while allowing just one run. The 11 strikeouts were impressive enough but it was the seven innings that could be the thing that really sets him apart.

In an era of playoff baseball that has seen managers attempt to go to their bullpen as soon as humanly possible, Kershaw being able to go deep into his team's 3-1 win could be a real asset for the Dodgers. Los Angeles certainly could use the ability to give their bullpen a bit of rest, while still winning games in the World Series.

If Kershaw can be a pitcher that absolutely dominates on the world's biggest stage then it's all the better. The Dodgers and Astros just kicked off the series. Both teams in the series won over 100 games in the regular season. Now the two squads will go toe-to-toe for at least three games. It seems likely Kershaw is going to get at least one more start in this series. He will get two if the series goes 7. That's good news for the Dodgers.


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