Postseason Dose: NLCS Preview

As Craig Goldstein wrote for Baseball Prospectus in 2016, “The playoffs are where heroes are born. October is a forge, where your mettle is pushed to the brink, and those who survive the heat come out the other side more solid and with a cemented legacy.” It’s a perfect summary of the colossal impact postseason performance (or lack thereof) can ultimately have on a players legacy. Heroes and legacies are complicated, narrative-driven conversations. The burden of expectation placed on a once-in-a-generation talent to carry a franchise to the promised land can often seem unrealistic. After years of falling short of the lofty expectations his prodigious regular season numbers generated, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has spent the last two postseasons silencing even his most vocal critics, dispelling the flawed notion that he couldn’t rise to the occasion and was prone to wilting under the bright lights of October baseball. The 30-year-old southpaw drove yet another stake through the heart of that narrative by tossing eight scoreless innings against an upstart Braves squad in Game 2 of the NLDS last week. With Los Angeles four wins away from returning to the World Series, the three-time Cy Young award winner will take the mound for Game 1 of the National League Championship Series against

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