Even the greatest of heroes lose a battle from time to time. The same principle holds true of the Los Angeles Dodgers ace starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw. His last outing didn’t go well at all by his standards. Instead of showing a potential weakness for he and the Dodgers however, this game actually served to show a strength. Believe it or not, in his first off day, meaning he had none of his good stuff, Kershaw didn’t take a loss; he won.
The Dodgers that play behind him and bat around him in the batting order came to their ace’s defense with a burst of offense that allowed him to take the win even though he only threw five innings and gave up five runs. That balloons his ERA up to 1.91. I know you must be cringing at that high number, right? The point is not only that the Dodgers are a good offensive team however. There is more to it than that.
A steady trend in clubhouses around MLB forever has been that when a player has a bad at-bat, bad inning in the field or a pitcher has a bad game, the rest of the team is to pick him up. That means they figuratively at least patted Kershaw on the back and told him that they had his back on this one.
It is a great thing to see for a starter of Kershaw’s caliber who doesn’t always get a ton of runs in support. This time, as they get into postseason mode, the Dodgers had his back, provided his run support and got him the win anyway. They’ll surely try to repeat that process if any of their pitchers have an off-day during the playoffs.