Once again, the Los Angeles Dodgers have failed to get out of the NLDS, this time being swept by the division rival Arizona Diamondbacks. After a season that saw them overcome all obstacles to win 100 games, the team fell flat under the October lights once again.
Is it the multiple-day layoff between the regular season and the postseason? Do the Dodgers just have playoff anxiety? Or does the strategy that works over the course of a long 162-game season need to be shifted when the games get tighter?
Infielder Max Muncy spoke about whether or not the Diamondbacks had momentum from their wild-card series win.
“It felt like that throughout the series, I don’t know know if they got that from the Wild Card or not. But, they were definitely the team that was getting the hits, they were the team that was making the pitches, they were making the plays. All across the board they just dominated us and really just didn’t give ourselves a chance at all.”SNLA Postgame
This Dodgers team is too talented to perform the way they did over the three-game period. How does a record-setting offense suddenly go ice-cold? It really doesn’t make a ton of sense, but you do need to tip your hat to Arizona for making the plays when they did.
LA had chances in games two and three, but never took advantage of things. Muncy continued his thoughts on what went wrong.
“We had plenty of opportunities to get some runs back, to make some changes in the score, we just didn’t capitalize on that.”Per SNLA Postgame
Every year we hear the same things after the team was eliminated, but nothing changes. Whatever that change may be, something needs to change moving forward with this Dodgers team.
There is no reason for them to be underperforming every season, and it has become a pattern at this point. Hopefully, this is the last time they find themselves getting knocked out of the postseason early on.
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