Chalk one up to the status quo in the NL, as the Giants and Cardinals just keep on winning in the postseason. Small sample size, but Kershaw has been pretty terrible in the playoffs, it's a black mark on his record.
If the Tigers had only a halfway competent bullpen all these years, they might have multiple World Series titles. What a train wreck.
"It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone." --- Bart Giamatti, on baseball
This calls into question the "innings limit" that people advocate. This guy was protected in every way imaginable, and his arm still blows out. It makes me wonder if the issue is more mechanical than anything else.