Sucks to Suck
So what’s next? The obvious answer is to make a run at Shohei Ohtani…
Welp, it seemed impossible but the Los Angeles Dodgers decided to somehow embarrass themselves more than they did last year. After dominating the regular season and getting 100 wins, the Dodgers got swept by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NLDS. The Diamondbacks won a whopping 84 games in the regular season and I honestly couldn’t name one player on their roster prior to this series.
This comes after the Dodgers were embarrassed by the San Diego Padres in the NLDS last season. I just don’t get how the Dodgers sh*t the bed in the playoffs every year. This team is so damn good in the regular season and has won the NL West in 10 of the last 11 seasons. That’s led to just one World Series championship in the COVID year.
The Dodgers have been eliminated from the postseason.
It’s the first time LA has been swept in a playoff series since 2006 😳 pic.twitter.com/vIXVSYME5c
— ESPN (@espn) October 12, 2023
Look, Andrew Friedman is obviously a brilliant executive and there are certainly worse managers than Dave Roberts but something’s gotta give. This team has so much talent. Freddie Freeman and Mookie Betts were MVP candidates this year and didn’t do shit in the playoffs.
After two horrific playoff runs in a row, there have got to be some changes. This pitching staff is a mess right now. I love Clayton Kershaw and he’s arguably the greatest regular-season pitcher ever but at this point, it’s undeniable that he fades in the playoffs.
In the Dodgers’ defense, their ace Walker Buehler didn’t play this season due to injury and Julio Urias might be done playing in Los Angeles after a domestic violence issue. That’s not to mention the whole situation with Trevor Bauer. Essentially, the Dodgers didn’t have their three best pitchers in the playoffs.
Dodgers fans after another wasted 100-win season pic.twitter.com/1g3XzL3nlU
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) October 12, 2023
So what’s next? The obvious answer is to make a run at Shohei Ohtani. He’s the face of the MLB and wants to go to a team that wins. Though the Dodgers have disappointed in the playoffs the last two years, they are one of the most consistent franchises in the MLB and haven’t missed the playoffs since 2012.
Ohtani would bring elite batting and very good pitching to the Dodgers. The only concern is that he’s hurt right now and there’s a real chance he won’t be able to pitch next season. Regardless, he’s still a great hitter so he’d be worth a steep price.
Ohtani won’t be enough to get this team over the hump. They need pitching badly so they should be looking to swing a trade for a big name as there aren’t many great options in free agency. It’s frustrating that such a consistently great team like the Dodgers continues to disappoint in the playoffs but Friedman is the right guy to turn this around. We’ll just have to wait and see what he has up his sleeve.
— Unión Football Club 1906 (@ClubUnion1906) October 12, 2023
Qs from Our Readers
Do the Dodgers suck?
Yes. In seriousness, the Dodgers obviously don’t suck but they’ve gotta figure out these playoff woes.
Are the Dodgers done for the season?
Unfortunately, the Dodgers are done and didn’t put up much of a fight.
Where did the name Dodgers come from?
The name comes from Trolley Dodgers, who were fans who would have to dodge trolleys to go to games back in the late 1890s.
What is Dodger Stadium built on?
Chavez Ravine, which is on top of a hill in Los Angeles.