The fantasy baseball playoffs are entering the finals and some starters have not pitched their best this year. Here are some of the worst performances by starting pitchers in the playoffs this year.
Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals – Wainwright was a Cy Young contender for most of the season, but the right-hander completely fall apart in the playoffs. In his two starts in the first two rounds, Wainwright only lasted eight combined innings and was rocked for 15 earned runs. It was the worst two-game stretch of his career and quickly ended the road to the title for several fantasy owners.
Matt Harvey, New York Mets – Harvey was officially shutdown for the season with a torn ligament in his throwing elbow. The workhorse was scheduled for Tommy john surgery, but the announcement was unfortunately made after lineups were already set for the first round of the playoffs. Talk about bad timing!
Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers – Kershaw has been practically untouchable this season, as his 1.89 ERA is the best in all of baseball. However, the super southpaw has not pitched his best in the playoffs. In two starts, Kershaw has only lasted 10.2 innings while giving up 18 hits, four walks, and six earned runs.
James Shields, Kansas City Royals – Shields was just rocked for 10 earned runs against the Detroit Tigers on Friday night. It was even more devastating, because he had a 1.54 ERA in his previous five starts. He saved his worst performance of the season for the playoffs and the veteran single-handedly sent owners home in this round of the playoffs.