Clayton Kershaw’s postseason woes continued in Game 1 of the NLDS as he gave up four runs (all on solo homers) in 6 1/3 innings, allowing five hits, walking three more and striking out seven.
Kershaw now has a 4.63 ERA in 19 postseason appearances (15 starts): a far cry from his career 2.36 ERA, which ranks second behind Babe Ruth’s 2.28 ERA among starters with at least 1,000 innings pitched to debut during or after Ruth’s rookie season in 1914.
Ironically, the streak did not occur during his early career trials and tribulations, in which he was known as a wild left-hander Johnson led the league in walks in three straight seasons (1990-92), walking nearly six batters per nine innings.
His run of five games (four starts, one relief appearance) in 2001, beginning immediately after the last loss of his record losing streak, in which he had more wins than earned runs, going 5-0 in 33 1/3 innings.
He pitched worse than he did during his losing streak, going just 19 innings in four starts with 15 earned runs allowed a 7.11 ERA with opponents slashing .366/.398/.634 and a 1.032 OPS.
We do not remember Randy Johnson for losing a record seven straight postseason starts.