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Everyone can have a bad day. That's an one-off choke. Doesn't make you a choker......
By:  Paul (Moderators; 66648)
Posted on: 10-07-2019 19:03.
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...but these do.

TLDR version (excluding 09 and 18):



2009, has a great game against StL in game 2, but gets the NLCS off on the right foot in Philly giving up 5 runs, all earned in 4 and two thirds. Four hits, five walks as well. They put him out there for two innings in game 5, he gives up two earned, hits a guy, somehow fans three (clearly in command of his stuff). Phils win that game and the series. Convincingly.

2013, 'he's matured' I heard repeatedly. 'Not a rookie anymore, he's a veteran' and all that. He silences me early with a great NLDS with Atlanta. St Louis hands him losses in games 1 and 6. Game one was a very tough 0 ER loss, but game 6 was LA's elimination game. Kershaw: 4 IP | 10H | 7 ER | 2 BB | 5 K

2014: Elimination game loss in game 4 of the NLDS, he also gave up 8 earned runs in game 1. I was watching game 1 in New York btw... we picked up Lulu the next day.

2015: NLCS Game 1 loss, game 4 win, Dodgers still drop the series to the Mets. Har har

2016: Pretty respectable, then game 6, elimination NLCS again... 5 IP | 7 H | 4 ER | 2 HR

2017: Shelled out of the gate, but the Dodgers somehow win that DS game and give him a win on an ugly start (this is the one with 4 HR). Anyway, he then does well in Chicago, they clinch and advance to the WS on his game 6 win I think. He does well in game 1, gets shelled in game 5. Goes out for scoreless work in game 7, Bums lose.

2018: More or less the same, just uneven until the series, where he's also uneven before taking losses in games one and five... neither of them at all close. Combined 11 innings, 9 ER on 14 hits.

My brother... that is choking. It's so bad, I almost feel bad for Dodger fans. I do take actual pity on him as a person, and that is not easy for me. Every year this guy just finds a way to be instrumental in his team losing, and it's clearly in his head.

Edited by Paul at 10/7/2019 7:05:24 PM

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