Clayton Kershaw has a history of ‘choking’ in the playoffs. It is an undeniable fact at this point in time. We can support him for his body of work, but we cannot defend his consistent poor performance, most recently in the 2019 NLDS. Kenley Jansen has had a better history than Kershaw, but has had his fair share of faltering. Yu Darvish, only a Dodger for half a season, fit the bill that the rest of the team did.
Column: Legacies of Clayton Kershaw and Yu Darvish irreparably tarnished by Astros’ cheating https://t.co/Z4UPyZZ0UK
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With all of this in mind, can we excuse them for their performance, or lack thereof, in the 2017 World Series against the Houston Astros now that we know the Astros are guilty cheaters? The answer is yes. Yes, we can.
In a recent column for the Los Angeles Times, Dylan Hernandez analyzed how the legacies of each man was impacted by the cheating scandal produced by the Houston Astros.
The primary thing to analyze when it comes to Yu Darvish is that he was downright un-hittable in the playoffs prior to the World Series. He was absolutely dominant and the trade for him looked…