The Los Angeles Dodgers have their version of Superman throwing in Game 1 of the NLCS, in Clayton Kershaw. I don’t think I have to set this up but Clayton Kershaw is the best pitcher in the game today, perhaps one of the best of all time. I’m also pretty confident that you are sick and tired of media (i.e. Joe Buck) reminding you of such.
But every Superman has his kryptonite, and Clayton Kershaw’s kryptonite just might be on this Cubs roster.
Bryant also greeted Kershaw with a home run in the first game he ever saw him. That was a Spring Training game, however, so that shouldn’t really count here. Either way, Kershaw’s curve is known around baseball circles as the public enemy number 1 and Bryant put it in the right-field bleachers.
But Kris isn’t the player I’m talking about. Sure he has this homer, and a career 1.159 OPS verse Clayton, but he isn’t even the most dominant performance against Clayton.
The answer is the Cubs as a whole.
Imagine a lineup of:
- Albert Almora Jr. .667/.667/.667 2 hits
- Kris Bryant .286/.444/.714 1 HR
- Anthony Rizzo .357/.400/.857 1 2B 2 HR
- Willson Contreras .667/.667/.1.667 1 HR
- Addison Russell .125/.222/.125 1 H 1 BB
- Ben Zobrist .000/.000/.000 (3 plate appearances)
- Javier Baez .333/.333/.833 1 HR
- Jason Heyward .143/.143/.143
Sure the Cubs have limited experience against Clayton, but the numbers do support the fact that the Cubs could do damage against the best pitcher in the game.