Kershaw comes in as only the fourth-most expensive pitcher on the slate, which can be contributed to his perceived poor performances in the playoffs. His career 4.59 ERA in 13 appearances is skewed primarily by two bad starts where he allowed seven and eight runs. If you take out those two starts, he has a 2.50 ERA across 50 playoff innings. Kershaw is healthy after missing time this season and carries a 172/11 K/BB ratio in 149 innings this year with a 0.72 WHIP. No pitcher in baseball is more talented than Kershaw and I'll stray from the narrative and feel good rolling him out for Game 1.
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