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Cardinals Beat Dodgers with Matt Adams Home Run Off Clayton Kershaw, Because Baseball Doesn’t Make Any Sense (Video)
Last night in St. Louis, a Matt Adams home run sent the Cardinals to the NLCS and the Dodgers back to Los Angeles scratching their heads.
On the one hand, you could say this outcome makes complete sense. The Cardinals always win. It’s the fourth straight year the Cardinals have reached the NLCS, and the ninth time since 2000, which goes a long way toward explaining how they surpassed the Yankees as the most-hated team in baseball.
On the other hand it makes no damn sense at all. Clayton Kershaw is the best pitcher on the planet. He went 21-3 this year with a 1.77 ERA, 239 Ks, and a league-best 0.857 walks and hits per innings pitched. Moreover, he gave up just nine home runs all year, and only one to a lefty. There’s no way the Cardinals “should” have beaten Kershaw two times in the NLDS. But they did. They lit him up like the Fourth of July in the seventh inning of Game 1, and they got to him again in the seventh inning of Game 4.
After breezing through the first six innings, giving up just one hit, two walks, and striking out nine, Kershaw gave up back-to-back hits to righties Matt Holliday and Jhonny Peralta to start the seventh. Then lefty Matt Adams stepped to the plate—a guy with a .197 career average against lefty pitchers—and drove a hanging curveball over the right field fence, erasing the Dodgers’ 2-0 lead with a single stroke.
It was the first time a lefty had ever homered off a Kershaw curveball.
That should not have happened. The Cardinals should not have beaten the Dodgers with a Matt Adams home run off the best pitcher of his generation, and they should not be 4-0 against Kershaw with 18 runs scored in 22.2 innings pitched over the last two postseasons. But they did, and they are, because baseball just doesn’t make any sense sometimes…which is probably why we love it.
Hat Tip – [Hardball Talk]