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Dodgers: Astros Cheating Scandal Does Not Bother Kershaw Anymore

Baseball may be on hold right now, but that doesn’t mean we’re done talking about the Dodgers’ beef with the Astros. Clayton Kershaw went on the Dan Patrick show this week to talk about a number of things, including his feelings on the now infamous cheating scandal.

The Dodgers got hammered by the Astros playing at Minute Maid Park. Clayton Kershaw had six runs hung up on him in a pivotal game five. But he acknowledges that despite the fact that they were not missing ANY of his offspeed pitches, that wasn’t what he was thinking in the moment. 

In the moment obviously, it just sucks. You get beat and you know, you have to go back and do all those things and get back on a plane and you go back and think about it and- yeah it’s no fun. 

Kershaw also goes on to acknowledge that while he knows how bad this was for baseball, he tries not to think about what could have been for the Dodgers. 

I think it’s obviously no secret that we were all affected by it. And you know as far as ‘Would we have won a World Series’ or whatever, I just don’t let myself think about it. As long as my teammates respect what I’m doing and they want me out there, I think that’s a good career. So that’s what i try to focus on.

Dan Patrick continued to press Kershaw on the issue, knowing that it must be an incredibly difficult thing to deal with mentally. The Dodgers’ veteran ace shot back with a reasonable answer. 

It’s been a little while now, and I’m good with it. I’ve talked so much about it now that I don’t even have anything to say about it. 

Kershaw‘s entire career has been marked by regular-season dominance and playoff failures. If you eliminate the one start in Houston, Kershaw pitched 11 innings and allowed just one earned run. That would have given him an earned run average of 0.82 in the series. Maybe Patrick is right. If anyone has the right to be angry, it’s the Dodgers and Kersh.

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  1. Screw the cheating Astros. All their current players who participated have not been punished at all. Unpaid Suspension for 1 year is only answer to stop the incentive to cheat.

    Astros are only sorry when they got busted and caught. They would still be doing it this season if not exposed.

  2. 51 sliders and curveballs and no swings and misses is something that could only happen during the intense play of a world series game not to catch the attention of someone especially the broadcasters until later when having time to take that all in when hearing about the cheating scandal. I’m glad Kersh is doing his best to put it all behind and move forward God bless him.

    1. I saw a clip about it. He was off that day. His slider and curve were flat and he didn’t have his normal control. Easy to layoff. He simply just had a bad game. It happens.

      1. So did they or did they not cheat in the 2017 playoffs? The answer is yes unless you believe the whole investigation was fake as well as all the evidence and confessions. Therefore they cheated in this series and this game they wouldn’t just stop in the biggest series of the year. It doesn’t matter if Kershaw was off that night the other team was cheating and knew more then they would’ve had they not. Maybe he had an off game but perhaps it doesn’t get completely out of hand maybe he still fools them with the speed and they pull a few of those hits foul or get under it a bit. One things for sure cheating has some effect whether it’s big or small or in between it makes all the difference in the world when they ended up only winning the series by a single game

  3. Even on a bad game, there should be a handful of swing and misses of those 51 curves and sliders. Since the sign stealing signal wasn’t a banging, that tells me the Asterisks evolved to a more sophisticated method of signaling the batters. I see how buzzer theory is plausible.

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