“Dodgers Blue-The Real Meaning”
It was so tough to watch the Dodgers season ‘bleed out’ last night infront of another sellout crowd, infront of the visiting icon Vin Scully, infront of all those Cubs fans who somehow got tickets.
Yes there’s still a game six to be played Saturday at Wrigley Field, with the hope that Clayton Kershaw can lead them to a victory, so that there can be a Rick Hill start, come Sunday.
But the reality is right infront of our face. The Dodgers ran out of pitching in this series.
All the individual efforts of Kershaw, all the passion of 1st baseman Adrian Gonzalez, all the big hits of the kid Corey Seager, and the guts of their closer, cannot makeup for the shortcomings on the injury ravaged pitching staff.
LA got to the postseason desite not having Kershaw for more than two months with that back injury.
They got there on the shoulder and the strong back of relief ace Kenley Jansen.
But beyond that, it was a fire drill, hoping the next starter could get you a win, to get to the next game.
In the end, it all caught up to LA. Rich Hill, with bad blister problems, had a few good starts, but was iffy from start to star.
Kenta Maeda, the Japanese import, seemed to be running on fumes as September turned to October.
The young Mexican sensation Julio Urias spot started with success, but when it counted most, he was overwhelmed.
Hyun Jin-Ryu never got out of spring training, with setback after setback. Brandon McCarthy was a walking-talking medical case, trying to fight back from all types of physical issues. Ditto for Brett Anderson, who finally had surgery.
The setup guys, who had one hot streak as postseason began, regressed back into journeyman, overmatched kids, and guys not so trustworthy.
It was so painful to go thru a 30-minute top of the 8th inning, when Pedo Baez could cover first base on two infield ground balls, and big hits followed that blew the game open, much like the night before in the 10-run late inning outburst.
Maybe LA was living on borrowed time. . Maybe you always knew the Cubs were going to exploded somewhere in this series, because they always eventually did during their 103-win season.
The Dodgers ran out of options, and their own personal streak of postseason failure will continue. Their last World Series appearance and win was 1988.
Granted it’s not like the 108-years of Cubs futility, but this is pretty signficant for a franchise in the 2nd biggest market in the country, with a wealth of resources, and front office smarts.
Maybe when they went up (2-1) in the series, after the win at Wrigley, and the win back in LA, we all hoped for a miracle.
The old axiom good pitching beats good hitting probably still holds true. But not enough pitching gets you in trouble in postseason, and the last 48-hours has proven that.
Maybe Kershaw can do his magic, and then something happens come Sunday. Not likely, not with the track record of this staff.
LA’s season bled out last night, from a thousand little paper cuts, caused by a wafer thin pitching staff.
The sun comes up today, but we all feel Dodger Blue today for a good team, that fell short, because their pitching staff fell apart this season.