One of the Dodgers’ more pleasurable moments during this postseason. Photo courtesy of si.com
LOS ANGELES DODGERS – 2017 POSTSEASON BY THE NUMBERS
* Beat the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League Division Series, three games to none.
* Beat the Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series, four games to one.
* Lost to the Houston Astros in the World Series, four games to three
Complete Record, Regular Season and Playoffs:
104-58 in the regular season, National League West Champs and National League Champions – 10-5 in the postseason
Dodgers Key Postseason Stats
Enrique Hernandez, OF/IF – .320 average, 3 HR, 8 RBI
Joc Pederson, OF – .333 average, 3 HR, 5 RBI in the World Series (.304 average overall in the postseason)
Corey Seager, SS – .222 average in the World Series
Justin Turner, 3B – .286 average, 4 HR, 14 RBI (.160 average in the World Series)
Yasiel Puig, RF – .143 average in the World Series
Cody Bellinger, 1B – .143 average, 17 strikeouts in 28 World Series at bats, 29 strikeouts in 64 postseason at bats (both records)
Clayton Kershaw, P: 3-0, 3.82 ERA, 33 strikeouts (4.02 ERA in the World Series)
Yu Darvish, P: 0-2, 21.80 ERA in the World Series, failed to get out of the second inning in both his starts
Highlights from the last Dodger win in 2017: Their 3-1 triumph in Game 6 of the World Series. Courtesy of YouTube.
I could go on about how Yu Darvish pitched worse than Charlie Brown in this World Series, pitching so badly that he wouldn’t have been able to get any of the Kardashian sisters, Richard Simmons, Liberace, or the girls from the TV show Dance Moms out.
I could go on about how manager Dave Roberts made too many wrong moves.
I could go on about how too many of the Dodgers’ hitters failed, batting under .200 and failing to come through with runners in scoring position again and again.
And I definitely could go on about how those Dodgers, in all honesty, should have been the champions after five games, blowing leads in spectacular fashion in Game 2 and especially Game 5, when having a 4-0 lead and the best pitcher in your sport should equal an automatic win every single time.
But what it all comes down to is this…
The Houston Astros were hungrier, wanted it more, and were simply the better team.
I sensed that during Game 2, when the Astros won 7-6 in 10 innings, hitting a tying home run off of relief ace Kenley Jansen in the process.
Because of the hunger that those Astros exuded, they became World Series champions for the first time in their 55-year existence, and I congratulate them.
As For Those Dodgers:
There are three things that should be a priority for them as this off-season commences…
- Darvish needs to be gone ASAP. The Dodgers acquired the former Texas Rangers ace specifically to make significant contributions in the World Series, particularly a Game 7, and he failed miserably. Being a free agent, someone will sign him, but it should not be the Dodgers.
- General Manager Farhan Zaidi needs to get a proven front line right-handed starter, someone who will be a strong complement to Kershaw like Zack Greinke was from 2013-15.
- Adrian Gonzalez needs to retire, or at least move on. The first baseman’s injured back is evidently not getting better as he wasn’t on the postseason roster because of it, and Bellinger has without a shadow of a doubt established himself at first base for the next ten years. Gonzalez has been a great Dodger and has had a great career but as they say, Father Time is undefeated.
I’m not denying that the Dodgers had a very good season; I can’t argue against 104 wins and their first World Series berth in 29 years.
Ashton Kutcher, one of many celebrities to attend the World Series games at Dodger Stadium, showing his support on top of the Dodger dugout before Game 6. Photo courtesy of oregonlive.com
But Tommy Lasorda put it best when he told Roberts after their Game 6 win on Halloween,
“(The Game 6 win) doesn’t mean s**t unless you win tomorrow.”
In other words, like I mentioned on this site and its Facebook and Twitter pages when the playoffs began;
The regular season would mean absolutely nothing unless they’re parading in downtown Los Angeles with the Commissioner’s Trophy in hand and are having the celebratory rally either at City Hall or Dodger Stadium.
And because it was the Astros celebrating and pouring champagne on each other, the young stud shortstop with the biggest upside of any player in “The Show” making a marriage proposal and the acquired ace planning a wedding with his supermodel girlfriend,
As much as I regret saying it, the Dodgers failed in what they set out to do.
The season was very good, but not good enough.
Because they didn’t win the World Series.
Which is not only the most important thing, it is the only important thing.
It’s a good thing that the bulk of the Dodgers’ personnel is young with a clear upside, which is the reason they will be strong contenders again.
There’s nothing left for me to say except,
Until next March at Camelback Ranch…