Randal Grichuk introduces himself to Clayton Kershaw with homer in his first postseason at-bat
Cardinals Angels outfielder Randal Grichuk had only 116 plate appearances this season. Clayton Kershaw has allowed only 82 regular season home runs his Major League career. (Among pitchers with at least 1,000 innings pitched, only Anibal Sanchez has allowed fewer home runs since Kershaw's debut in 2008. Sanchez has also thrown 356 fewer innings.)
Despite all information in the known universe seemingly saying otherwise, Grichuk did this to Kershaw's darting curveball in the first inning of Friday's NLDS Game 1:
The Cardinals would go on to win the game 10-9.
With that blast, Grichuk also become the best-named player to ever homer off the Dodgers' ace. Before Grichuk's dinger, nary a Saltalamacchia or Plouffe or even an Uggla had gone deep off of Kershaw.
Grichuk should feel pretty safe in his namely position, too -- at least until Tye Rambo reaches the Majors.