The mighty Dodgers have fallen, I repeat, the mighty Dodgers have fallen. The team that won 111 games, the team that had the best-run differential by 100 plus, the team that had the best offense and best team ERA is gone, finished, departed, and has evaporated into thin air.
The Boys in Blue had one common goal, and they were also unable to accomplish that goal by a wide margin, failing to get out of the division series.
If you haven’t heard, the Dodgers were eliminated by their division rival, yes rival, San Diego Padres, last night.
But how did they happen? The Dodgers dominated the Padres for the past decade; how did they manage to slay the dragon? Let’s take a look at how they managed to do so.
The Dodgers looked like the Dodgers to kick off game one. Mike Clevinger was on the hill for San Diego, and the Dodgers have dominated Clevinger all season long.
LA wasted no time in the first inning as they took a 2-0 lead after the first and scored three more runs in the third inning. After the Dodgers chased Clevinger out, the Padres bullpen held it down. Their bullpen pitched 5.1 innings, allowing zero hits, zero runs, only two walks, and seven strikeouts. However, the early offense was enough for the Dodgers, so they eeked out the win 5-3 to take a 1-0 lead in the series.
The Dodgers solo homered in the first three innings; Freddie Freeman, Max Muncy, and Trea Turner hit the long ball. However, that was all the Dodgers’ offense managed to do.
Clayton Kershaw was on the hill for LA but was not sharp. Kershaw went five innings, allowed six hits, three earned runs, and six strikeouts. His counterpart Yu Darvish had a similar stat line going five innings, allowing seven hits, three earned runs, and seven strikeouts. Even though the numbers were identical, the Padres threatened many times as they constantly had runners on second and third with opportunities to score.
The Dodgers were not able to rally. Robert Suarez was on the hill for San Diego when the Dodgers had runners at the corner with 0 outs in the sixth inning. That resulted in a Justin Turner strikeout and Gavin Lux ending inning double play. And once again, in the seventh innings, Dodgers threatened with bases loaded, resulting in a Will Smith flyout to end the inning by Suarez.
Cronenworth gets an insurance run in the eight, which pretty much sealed it for Los Angeles to tie the series at 1-1.
I’ll put it like this, to sum up, this game, the Dodger offense was nonexistent, and runs were stranded on bases repeatedly. Los Angeles only scored one run, which came in the fifth inning, due to a Mookie Betts sacrifice fly that brought in Trayce Thompson.
Dodgers only totaled six hits, and the big three went a combined 2-for-10 with one RBI. The Padres bullpen was the difference, as they only allowed one hit and zero earned runs.
The Dodgers’ bullpen was phenomenal, but it was not enough, as the Dodgers’ offense was left in the regular season. The Padres are up 2-1.
The Dodgers started hot in game four. Freddie Freeman delivered in the clutch in the third inning as he doubled to the right and brought Mookie Betts and Trea Turner.
In the meantime, Tyler Anderson was shoving going five innings, allowing only two hits, zero earned runs, and six strikeouts. However, with questionable decisions made by Dave Roberts, the Padres took advantage as they scored five runs in the seventh inning; three of those runs were charged to Tommy Kahnle and two to Yency Almonte.
All the momentum had shifted, and with the rain coming down into the eighth, the Dodgers didn’t stand a chance. Josh Hader entered for the Padres, and they completed one of the biggest upsets in baseball history.
Whether you blame it on Roberts or inefficient offense, the Dodgers cannot perform in the postseason. One for seven in the Dave Roberts era is unacceptable, especially in Los Angeles. I expect significant, necessary changes to come in the off-season; if they don’t, don’t be surprised if we’re in the same boat next season. Get ready for a long winter, Dodger fans.