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Dodgers Poll: Which NLDS Loss Was Worse, 2019 or 2022? Fans React

In 2019, the Dodgers blew a 3-1 lead in Game 5 of the NLDS on back-to-back eighth-inning homers by Juan Soto and Anthony Rendon of the Nationals, then lost the game (and the series) on an extra-innings grand slam by former Dodger Howie Kendrick. The Nationals went on to win the World Series.

In 2022, facing a 2-1 series deficit, the Dodgers blew a 3-0 lead when the Padres put up a five-spot in the seventh inning of Game 4, ending the series with a stunning 5-3 loss and heading home for a much earlier vacation than they had planned.

Because we’re sad people who hate everything, we asked Dodger fans which NLDS flame-out was more painful.

As you can imagine, everyone in the replies was cool, calm, and highly rational.

Just kidding, it was a veritable poopshow, emotionally and often grammatically.

The fact that seven out of eight respondents chose this year probably has a lot to do with recency bias, but losing to the Padres certainly adds some sting. Losing in four games is painful, too, especially after being the best team in franchise history in the regular season.

They say time heals all wounds, but it’s probably going to take more than time to heal this one. Some combination of time and a big postseason win over the Padres on the way to a World Series title, perhaps. Ideally in 2023.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.


  1. They were both terrible; what does it matter which was worse. The question is and should be: why do the dodgers get outplayed and outmanaged when everything is on the line?

  2. I’m watching last season games on Spectrum. The Cubs’ game in extra innings made me realize what I’m missing. The winning feeling. Dodgers pulled it out in the 10th – felt good, the win. I miss that. I guess “it” happens…

  3. 2022 is bad lets face it overall the Padres out-played the Dodgers.

    2019 was worse. Dodger fans booed Roberts when he hopped out of the dugout to get Kersaw after the devastating Rendon & Soto HRs.

    Kershaw did a great job in the inning before, not dominant but enough to get through the inning, Roberts let him RETURN in the next inning to face Rendon & Soto, fans in the stands and at home screamed nooooo!

    After the game fans outside Dodger stadium stomped on Kershaw jerseys. Fans were furious Roberts did not bring in Kenta Maeda who had been lights-out from the bullpen, he did after the HRs and an obviously irate Maeda and Jansen shutdown the Nationals but it was too late.

    The anger with Roberts was high and would have carried over to Spring Training but the arrival of the “Corona virus” erased that.

    This is it more evidence Roberts cannot manage pitching changes in the post-season, period. It’s obvious to everyone except management.

  4. S. Wayne is absolutely right. He mismanaged his pitching in the 2018 Red Sox series, using Madsen twice, who blew leads, leading to the loss of both games. And in the NLCS with Atlanta he used Urias in relief who blew a lead late when he had Vesia and other lefthanders in the bullpen.

  5. I have erased my memories of the 2019 season. Now I’m doing the same for 2022.
    Wait till next year!
    “Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again. That’s the way life is, with a new game every day, and that’s the way baseball is.” Bob Feller

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