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What Went Wrong: What a Waste

The Los Angeles Dodgers suffer yet another early exit in historically embarrassing fashion

By Clyde E. DawkinsPublished 6 months ago 4 min read

"Mom! The Dodgers are doing that thing again!"

You know, I'm not even a fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers, but living in Southern California, that's the team I hear about. Yes, the Los Angeles Angels exist, but outside of Shohei Ohtani, the team is irrelevant. In my story about the 1955 championship, I mentioned that the Dodgers were the ultimate "fool ya team" back when they played in Brooklyn. They always had great seasons, but could not win the Fall Classic. Though, if there was any fair excuse for them, they always ran into the New York Yankees. The Dodgers finally won in 1955, and after moving west, their "fool ya" days appeared to be behind them, though recent years have seen them go back to their Brooklyn days of blowing seasons.

We all know what happened last year. 111 wins, a franchise record, yet the San Diego Padres mollywhopped them. This year, the Dodgers won an even hundred, but it seemed like things were different. For one, Dave Roberts didn't pound his chest and crown the team before the season started (like he did last year), and secondly, there seemed to be a focus for the team. It truly looked like the Dodgers would do some things in this year's postseason.

And then, just like that, the series was over in Game One, Inning One.

Let's get one thing straight. Clayton Kershaw is one of the greatest pitchers in this current era. That's a fact. Out here, I've heard comparisons to Fernando Valenzuela and even Sandy Koufax. There may be some merit to those comparisons. What is also a fact is that Kershaw has an astounding knack for becoming a punching bag come October. It still amazes me that a pitcher this great can be untouchable between late March and the end of September, but become a hackeysack in the postseason. It appeared that his terrible postseasons were behind him, especially after the 2020 championship, but boy, did they come back in spades. Six earned runs surrendered in only 1/3 of an inning. That's it. Again, the series was over then. The other 26 2/3 innings that followed were just a formality.

Starting pitching as a whole was a nightmare for the Dodgers. Outside of Kershaw, there were so many problems; though Kershaw caused a bit of a problem himself with his comments against the Dodgers hosting a drag night event (methinks that bad start in Game One was karma). Walker Buehler, the closest thing to Kershaw in that rotation, was still out, the rotation was full of mystery boxes, and then there's Julio Urias' demented urge to hit women again. Oh brother. The crazy thing: they still won 100 games despite all of that. Kershaw and Urias may have been enough in the postseason if the latter wasn't such a fucking moron.

Even worse, none of the bats showed up that whole series. Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman went a combined 1-for-21 in the series, and not surprisingly, Freeman had the hit, because Betts is literally the most useless hitter in baseball. The only hitter who showed up to the dance was Will Smith, who had five hits in the series, leading the team, while also driving in two of the Dodgers' six runs. The only home run came from J.D. Martinez, and the three other runs were driven in by Enrique Hernandez and Chris Taylor. Here's a not-so-fun fact. The Dodgers never led in the entire series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Not once. They joined the 1963 New York Yankees as the only 100+ win teams to have never led in an entire postseason.

The Arizona Diamondbacks reached the National League Championship Series for the third time in franchise history, and the first time since 2007. They will start on the road, either in Atlanta or Philadelphia; either way, it's a team that Arizona has faced in a prior postseason. It's quite a stunning run for the Diamondbacks, who weren't expected to be a thought for the postseason, let alone playing for the pennant. As for the Dodgers, well...it's getting worse. This was the team's eighth year under manager Dave Roberts, and they'll have him for another two seasons. I'm not saying he should be fired after this; what happened this season is not his fault, but some teams can be knee-jerk and blame the coach/manager anyway. Even so, the Dodgers only won once in the COVID-shortened 2020 season, and this year is the third time in five years that they were ousted in the Division Series. Things need to improve in those two years; this era is already in danger of being the biggest failure in sports.

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About the Creator

Clyde E. Dawkins

I am an avid fan of sports and wrestling, and I've been a fan of female villains since the age of eight. Also into film and TV, especially Simpsons and Family Guy.

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  • Dyllon Rodillon6 months ago

    Please excuse me while I cry.

  • Glen Miley Collier6 months ago

    Beautifully written. I didn't expect the Dodgers to get an exit so early on.

  • Nice article 💯📝👍😉

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