The first article at this site in 2020 was about where Jacob deGrom ranked among 21st Century pitchers. Here’s the blurb from that piece on a certain Dodgers hurler who played a big part in the team’s first World Series championship since 1988:
2. Clayton Kershaw (2013-15, 23.7 fWAR)
We almost take it for granted how magnificent Kershaw has been in his career. This three-year run was amazing but from 2011 to 2016, he was over 6 fWAR each season. And he put up a combined 8.7 the two years before this streak and 11.0 in the three seasons since, despite battling injuries in the latter years. Kershaw hasn’t had success in the postseason, the only thing missing from his career. My hope is that the Mets win the World Series in four of the next five years, missing out once because of an incredible performance by Kershaw in the NLCS.
Kersahw was 6-2 with a 2.16 ERA during the regular season. In the playoffs, he was 4-1 with a 2.93 ERA, including a 2-0 mark in the World Series. It seems we can remove that “hasn’t had success in the postseason” bit from his resume. Today, let’s be happy for Kershaw. Tomorrow, we can go back to hating LA and plotting ways for the Mets to eliminate them from the postseason.