Game 1 of the NLDS did not go as planned for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The game was over before fans could even find their seats as Clayton Kershaw allowed five runs without recording an out. Kershaw would eventually get the hook after making just one out and allowing six earned runs to score.
Add in the three runs that Emmet Sheehan allowed in the top of the second and the game was a wrap. It did not matter that the Dodgers historically hit Merrill Kelly well. The game was over and fans felt it throughout the stadium.
This is not the first time that Kershaw has melted down in the playoffs, but it might be his last. Did he save the biggest meltdown for last? Let's painfully go back through Kershaw's worst playoff moments to decide.
Ranking Clayton Kershaw's worst playoff moments for the Dodgers:
5. Game 5 of the 2017 World Series
In a vacuum, this would rank higher on the list considering the stakes and the fact that the Dodgers lost a game in which they scored 12 total runs. Kershaw was given two separate three-run leads and blew them both, ultimately lasting just 4.2 innings against the Houston Astros.
Then the Astros cheating scandal came to light and it made sense why Houston did not swing and miss a single time against Kershaw, who dominated Houston in Game 1 and out of the bullpen in Game 7 of that very same series.
The 2017 World Series truly could have been the one vindicated series for Kershaw that would stand above all of his playoff gaffes. Instead, he ran into some trash cans and unfortunately had one of his most disappointing playoff outings.